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Word of the Week: Freelancer

September 10, 2019

The human cloud is home to both W-2 employees and independent contractors, which are sometimes known as freelancers and an integral part of the human cloud. This week, the human cloud will come up for much discussion during the Collaboration in the Gig Economy conference which starts today in San Diego. As a result, our word of the week is “freelancer.”

Staffing Industry Analysts’ lexicon defines freelancer as:

“A term that originated in the last century to describe (especially) journalists not tied to particular publishers, but independently made their living by contributing to multiple publications. By the late 1990s, this term spread to be applied to independent contractors working in the graphic arts and other related fields. At this time, the term can be used to refer to almost any independent professional worker who performs jobs transiently and is unaffiliated with a particular employer organization, though sometimes they may be affiliated with one or more agency organizations. Freelancers are typically classified as independent contractors.”

For more on the lexicon, click here.


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