One of the most exciting trends in coming years will be the formation of cooperative working groups made up of independent contractors. Whether they are called networks, guilds, cooperatives, collectives, flocks, or something else, these groups will bring back many of the benefits of working collaboratively with others, without the bureaucracy and overhead of traditional…
The Rise of the Full-Stack Freelancer Series
In Part I, I described a new kind of worker called the Full-Stack Freelancer.
I argued that more affordable and user-friendly software-as-a-service (SaaS), among other things, has enabled individuals to manage portfolios of complementary income streams, instead of focusing on only one specialized skill.
But you may have noticed something missing: what is in the stack?
A Portfolio Approach to Modern Work In the past, being a freelancer meant being a specialist. The only way you could generate enough income to make it as a free agent was to focus on a single, highly monetizable skill. For example, copywriting, coding, graphic design, photography, journalism, or language translation. You had to be able…