I love (the) New York (Times)

July 23rd, 2007

Gray LadyJournalist and alt career author Marci Alboher made my day when she featured The Anti 9-to-5 Guide in her New York Times web column. This is my favorite part:

Even as an established freelancer, Ms. Goodman follows her own advice, taking the occasional long-term temp assignment to meet a big financial goal. We did our interview while she was stealing a few moments from what she called a “a temporary, part-time, ultra-flexible” day job that allowed for furtive cellphone use.

You can read the rest of the article here. (And yeah, I’m doing a temp gig again to give my savings account a boost. I’ll write more about that in the coming days.)

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kelly Livesay  |  July 25th, 2007 at 2:51 am

    Temping gets a bad name, don’t you think? I’ve found some of my best jobs that way (HR Analyst from an Exec Asst temp job, HR recruiter from an HR Admin). Sure, they pay crap with no benefits, but are excellent for keeping food on the table short-term while you are re-creating your work life.

    I live by this blog btw. I’ve got my own and am offering blogging/BASIC BASIC website services to my friends as a way to get foot out the door.

    You might also highlight guru.com. I haven’t had any luck yet but seems legit.


  • 2. Michelle Goodman  |  July 25th, 2007 at 6:16 am

    I think people are put off by the temping tests and the fact that it’s sometimes hard to get a call back. I prefer the longer-range temp gigs (aka contract work), say one to twelve months. You still have to take tests, interview, and chase down elusive agency reps, but once you get a gig, the steady pay is nice to have (and depending on your field/experience level, can be lucrative), and there can be the opportunity for real live bennies.

    As for Guru, I’ve never been a fan of those “bid on a project you know nothing about, and compete against profressionals throughout the world!” sites, but maybe they’ve improved over the years. (I just think there are better ways to find work, like through your own network.) If anyone’s has good experiences with these sites, please share with the group.

    [Somewhat irrelevant: I did write a pile of "how to freealance" articles for the early incarnations of Guru, techies.com (maybe now dead?), and ICplanet.com (now dead), back in the 90s dotcom heyday... those sites were exciting back then. But now we have blogs and LinkedIn and MediaBistro and Google...]

  • 3. The Anti 9-to-5 Guide &ra&hellip  |  September 11th, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    [...] What a timely question! As I hinted at a while back, I’m doing one of these short-term contracts at A Big Corporation now (though the gig is part time, ultra-flex, heavy on telecommuting, and due to end in a matter of weeks). I’m happy to weigh the pros and cons of working for the man, however noncommittally, here. [...]

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Hi, my name's Michelle Goodman and I've been freelancing since 1992. I'm author of My So-Called Freelance Life and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide. Read my full bio here.

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