Crying for a Dream
A time of retreat may now be required
to allow the voices within and without to be heard.
An interesting article on Zero Hedge about freelance gigs (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-16/how-much-do- people-actually-make-gigs-uber-and-airbnb). Freelance was originally coined by Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe (1820) to describe a mercenary or "free-lance" that hired himself and his sword to the highest bidder.
After the 2008 "recession" a lot of people forced out of the American Dream Machine became creative about earning money. According to Zero Hedge statistics nobody's making money from these ventures. But they got their stats from a loan company lending to college students and graduates, not a very encompassing group. Most likely they were doing this work part-time. Posted on the article had good analytics on the investment and cost of offering such services.
Uber et al are a form of peonage and really not worth it. Better to place an ad on Craigslist and strike out on your own. You don't get stats about those resourceful people from the article. True, you're not going to have Uber feeding you customers, and it's going to take a while to build up a client base. I knew a lady in Long Island who was making a killing doing this. She started off small taking people to the airport, they had associates, friends, and family members, who had appointments, wanted to visit friends, get to Walmart, travel to Connecticut. She built an extensive client base from scratch.
My friend Eva does airbnb. She rents out a room in her Manhattan apartment and she does well. She's not making a living from it but extra cash, $400, $500 a month. Her problem is that she's tied to airbnb for referrals, and inviting people in your home requires a certain type of personality to attract and keep her own clients, which she does not have. Caveat, as the saying goes, "this is too close to home." My Harlem landlord turned my former apartment into an airbnb short term rental. With the mold problem between the walls it's her best solution for the problem. She makes more money renting it short term and people don't stay long enough to develop symptoms from mold exposure.
These freelance jobs are not going to get you rich, especially if you are tied to a company feeding you customers. They can get you started in the direction of taking responsibility for your own financial well being, acting independently, assessing markets, investment, needs, bottom lines.
My former father-in-law once said about his job in a shoe factory that management had him doing so many chores that he fully expected they would shortly tie a broom to his ass so he could sweep the floor as he went along. It's called, "Working for the Man."
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