A few years ago I was an unskilled, unemployed, college dropout. (In my defense, it was extremely difficult to find parking at my school.)
Fast forward to yesterday: I’m invited to Bloomberg’s San Francisco studio to discuss “How to earn $250/hour in the gig economy” on their awesome Benchmark podcast.
Listen to the podcast now to find out:
- How I went from “worker bee” to full time freelancer
- Why I’ve turned down many “secure” job offers in favor of freelancing
- How to quickly build up any skill and charge what you’re worth
- The biggest pitfalls you need to watch out for as a freelancer
- And more
“Every day the gig economy gets bigger, whether you’re talking about drivers on Uber or programmers on Upwork. Are these workers freed from the drudgery and rigidity of full-time jobs, or are they exploited by companies that want to sidestep the commitments and the costs of traditional employees?
Danny Margulies, who catapulted from unemployment in 2012 to a freelance copywriter commanding as much as $250 an hour, joins Aki and guest co-host Saleha Mohsin this week to offer a peek into his own life. Danny loves his arrangement, but as Benchmark’s own Tori Stilwell reports this week, some economists worry it’s leading to a more precarious labor market for middle and low-wage workers.”
Running time 25:50
(As an aside, I’m not a fan of the term “gig economy.” It doesn’t accurately describe what online freelancers do. For example, one of my clients has paid me $80,000 over the past few years. Does that sound like a “gig” to you?)
It’s amazing how so much can change in such a short period of time. So it’s no surprise that I believe in the power of people to go from where they are — to where they want to be.
But success doesn’t happen by accident. There are specific things you have to do. You can see the “rules” playing out over and over again, with each successful online freelancer you meet. I’ve met thousands of them, and it’s always the same.
Enjoy the episode.