Young professionals have all heard one trite, stitched-on-a-pillow-worthy expression: If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Perhaps the millennial generation equates doing what you love with being your own boss, because the landscape of traditional employment is changing, and rapidly. By 2020, freelancers are expected to comprise 40 percent of the workforce, according to a study by software company Intuit.
For the workers who already begrudgingly set up shop in a cubicle, there may be a way out – if they’re willing to first work for free.
“I hoped that working on my own blog for free would pay off for me when I could use my site as a sort of portfolio to show potential clients and writing gigs,” says Kali Hawlk, a freelance writer and founder of the personal finance blog Common Sense Millennial.
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