Working Full-time in a Contract World

“A new study suggests, 40 percent of American’s will be contract, temporary or self-employed by 2020.”

The workforce today is completely different from the early 2000s. Although we have doubled the online resources for job opportunities, the kind of work has changed. A new study suggests, 40 percent of American’s will be contract, temporary or self-employed by 2020. That’s less than 5 years from now. If you have looked for new employment in the last year, you may feel like we’re already there.

If you’re like me, you have worked as a contractor and full-time employee and still find them both to be a balancing act. I haven’t even factored in starting a business while working full-time. The kind of person you are and your personal life will really determine which one is right for you.

I found contract positions in the creative field to be at a much higher hourly rate. I know you’re thinking — of course it would be, no benefits. I’m here to tell you that some staffing companies do offer benefits along with the contract. Contracts are good for things like, transitioning to a new career and gaining a new skillset. I feel like full-time employment is for those people looking to retire with a company or gain a vast number of working years. Let’s hope, someday, there will be opportunities with options of selecting contract or fulltime for the same position.