Want to Be Happy as an Older Worker? Branch Out on Your Own
|June 8, 2012||Posted by admin under DECODE - Assess/Plan|
Baby boomers make up 30 percent of the independent workforce.
When we think of independent workers, we tend to think of younger people in the middle of their careers. But MBO Partners’ State of Independence in America report reveals that a full 30 percent of the independent workforce are baby boomers.
The report defines independent workers as “people who work at least 15 hours a week in nontraditional, nonpermanent full or part-time employment,” and self-identify as consultants, contractors, freelancers, and self-employed persons.
What’s interesting is that boomers don’t start working independently because they lack other options, or because no one will hire them after a certain age. In fact, 59 percent of these independent boomers chose this as their path. We could learn a lot from them.
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