Water cooler gossip: You earn HOW much?

Jul 6, 2015

Here’s a riddle: What group in the United States earns more than the combined value of Facebook, Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks and McDonalds?

If you move into the light a little you might see the answer reflected back at you on your monitor: YOU!

Yes you, dear freelancer, are among this very lucrative group of money-makers. Freelancers earn a combined $715 billion annually. Don’t you think it’s about time somebody invested in us?

Back in the office days of yore, employees might have clustered around a water cooler and wondered at this discrepancy: But if we’re earning so much collectively, how is it that we still face up-and-down income, double taxation, no benefits and no safety net?

More importantly: How can we harness our collective power and make a change?

Join us at the water cooler. Read our founder Sara Horowitz’s piece on Medium: The office water cooler isn’t what it used to be and let us know what future you see for the freelance economy.

Laura Murphy

A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture.