Repeat after me: I deserve to be paid for my time and skills.
If you went to a pricey college, never heard anything mentioned about freelancing and the gig economy and somehow ended up doing just that, you are not alone. When I was in college about ten years ago, the term “freelance” was never mentioned, and that was when the concept was getting more popular. From what I understand, not much has changed. Millions of people are going to colleges, leaving with a bunch of student loans, forcing them into the gig economy and they are completely ill-equipped for it.
Though, I’m not sure why colleges aren’t teaching us everything we need to know about the gig economy, I do have a few ideas. One of which is that colleges still view the gig economy as uncharted territory even though it doesn’t seem to be dying down soon. In fact, it’s projected that 43 percent of the workforce will be made up of gigs by 2020. The second is that teaching college students about freelancing and the gig economy will affect the bottom line of college. Think about it. The more people who know you can sustain yourself from freelancing without a college degree, the less people go to college and the less money those colleges make. So I’m really starting to think it’s no mistake that these colleges aren’t teaching everything you need to know about the gig economy.