July 20, 2017

Independence days: More workers choosing to live gig to gig



By Jeff Storey / For the Times Herald-Record

Steve Karp churns out art from the attic of his house in Otisville.

The freelance artist who once considered enrolling in flight school specializes in drawing airplanes. He has done textbook illustrations, line drawings for science-fiction books and art for Aviation History, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Boating and Golf Tips magazines.

“I’m almost like an art factory,” he said.

Karp, a 1973 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, has been hustling for work since his 20s. Early on, he took a job as a bicycle messenger and carried copies of his portfolio to distribute on his route.

These days, he’s part of a large and growing army of entrepreneurs who have declared their independence from structured payrolls and single employers and pledged their allegiance to what many are calling a “gig economy” — an environment in which they strive to be their own bosses and earn revenue wherever they set up their laptops.A recent survey commissioned by the freelancers website Upwork and the Freelancers Union found that the number of U.S. freelancers increased to 55 million in 2016 from 53 million in 2014 and currently represents about 35 percent of the workforce. Of the respondents, […]

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