What's the long term & retirement like for freelancers?
June 27, 2012 10:57 PM Subscribe
What is the long-term freelancer outlook like? Where "long term" equals 10 years in until retirement?
posted by circular to Work & Money (2 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been freelancing for a while, getting close to 10 years for my current situation (prior to that it was freelancing interspersed with F/T work). So far, it's been a lot of fun and pretty successful. So I'm wondering: What's it like to be a freelancer until retirement? What's it like to retire as a freelancer?
I feel like I'm all set to do this for the long run. I have a business coach who helps me out a lot (and I'll be asking him, too). I have great clients and have developed a solid, professional approach to my work. This, and networking, have landed me some high profile projects in the area where I live.
I know a few freelancers who are in their 50s, and they're doing pretty well. I don't know any retired freelancers, though. So I'm really interested in that part--how it works from those who have been there.
Any input or recommendations on books or articles to read would be appreciated as well.
As for my specialty, I'm a web designer / developer providing key web services and workflows for clients across a range of industries, from design to software-from-scratch. Of course I'm open to hearing about freelancers of any stripe, because I doubt there are a ton of retired freelance web designers.