A quick plug for Freelance Camp: If you are a freelancer, find out about Freelance Camp! An ad-hoc gathering of freelancers to share and learn in an open environment. There is one in Vancouver – www.thenetworkhub.ca/freelancecamp/
According to the Elance report, the economic downturn is no longer the primary force driving professionals to start a freelance career. Less than 5 percent of those surveyed said they were working as a freelancer until they could find a full-time job, and less than 25 percent said they became freelancers after a layoff. Over half of those who responded to the survey said they began freelancing to be their own boss and work on projects they loved, and almost 80 percent of respondents said the ability to have control over their own work schedule was their favorite part of working independently.
Read more here: More People Are Choosing the Freelance Lifestyle