39 minutes | Mar 16, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Being A Contractor

The SFW staff is pretty familiar with freelance life. Rico’s worked in media for most of his career. And for much of that, he’s been a freelance contractor. Liz has spent a lot of time in the 9 to 5 of the corporate world, but she is now an independent consultant and media worker. And they’re not alone. According to a 2018 poll from NPR and Marist, one in five Americans is freelancing.Seeing as everyone on this show is going to be moving on to new, probably freelance gigs in the very near future, we thought we’d all talk about it. Joining Liz and Rico today is SFW producer and avid freelancer Audrey Ngo, for a roundtable discussion on the pros and cons of the contractor world.Later, listener Karson is weighing whether he should leave a job he loves that doesn’t pay well, or get more money at a new position in a toxic work environment. And in this week’s Work Pop, Liz and Rico hear a clip from the AMC show, “Better Call Saul” and talk about whether an interview can really reveal who’s right for a job.Finally, we hear from listener Matthew all the way in Australia! Matthew has switched bosses, and needs some help from Liz and Rico on how to deal with his new “lame” manager.As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.From our sponsors:FreshBooks - Listeners get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now at Freshbooks.com/SAFE and enter SAFEFORWORK in the how did you hear about us section.
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