Right at this moment, you don’t need an employer to be employed. You can grab your laptop, head to a spot with wifi and get to work. Especially for the millennial generation–we thrive on flexibility and I can’t count the number of times I seen headlines saying “Millennials want to work from a beach, blah blah blah”
For the last decade or so, the digital world has shaped a whole new breed of professionals. Personally, I am obsessed with the idea of entrepreneurship. For most of my life, both of my parents have been self-employed and have created very successful careers from doing so. I also have many friends who work freelance or for themselves in one way or another and most of the content I consume on a daily basis doesn’t come by way of traditional publishing but rather from independent creators, designers, writers, influencers, and more.
I started Young and Employed just after I started my first full-time job after graduation but I am well aware of the fact that many people and many people my age are changing the definition of employed and what it means have a full-time job. According to Forbes 47% workers ages 18-24 are freelancing either part-time or full-time, and 35% of U.S. workers are freelance and collectively earned $1 trillion in 2016. I have my ear to the ground when it comes to freelancing, but those numbers are not easy for anyone to ignore.
Recently, after a short conversation with a graphic designer about opening a retirement account (of all things) she mentioned very casually that she is able to deposit double the allotted amount into that account per year because of a bit of a loop hole only a self-employed person can take advantage of: she is the employee and the employer. As a freelancer, she is technically the business that employs her an individual and it really got me to thinking. The term “employed” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re reporting to a boss in an office every morning or showing up to a shift on a schedule each day.
The goal of Young and Employed is to be a resource for those starting or shifting their careers and I want to be inclusive of whatever that may mean for people. I myself am working very hard to build my own portfolio to hopefully one day jump into the world of being both the employee and the employer of my own life.
So, stay tuned a lot more content and a shift in subjects. I have a lot to share about what I’ve been working on for the last few months and I couldn’t be more excited for the future.