During a workplace seminar I recently attended, a member of the audience asked the speaker, “Why do millennials want the flexible work environments?”
The speaker replied, “Because they don’t want to work! Millennials don’t want to work.”
As one of the only millennials in the crowded event space, my interest was piqued by the speaker’s response and the subsequent non-millennial audience reception. The speaker and audience conversation continued dogging millennial employees, citing Generation Y’s preference for remote working opportunities and their engagement in the gig economy as sufficient evidence for the unfounded argument that millennials are inherently “lazy”, “have immature values”, and “lack sufficient work ethic”.
As a career-minded millennial that’s built her entire career through virtual work out of necessity (I am also a full-time caregiver to my spouse who was injured serving our country in Afghanistan), I was quite troubled to hear this discourse among industry leaders regarding generational misconceptions and ill-informed consensus regarding flexible work opportunities that can lead to mass discrimination within our caregiving community.
The gig economy and its “freeing” freelancing gets a lot of headlines these days.
Promotional campaigns spotlighting the ultimate career woman raking in thousands of dollars from the comfort of her chic designed home office have many young professionals wondering, “Is the commute worth it?” or “Could freelancing be my escape from Cubicleville”?
With my hard-earned MBA in hand, I hit the freelancing market with gusto, eager to get a jump on all my graduating peers (and my always-accruing-interest student loans).
For months, I’d read everything I could find on this wondrous world of freelancing, been mesmerized by hours of inspiring ad campaigns, and spent many a late night perfecting my freelancer profile. I was certain that I’d done everything “right” to pull an MBA hourly with just my laptop and make-shift office; but things didn’t go as planned.
Guest Contributor: Philip Piletic
Freelancers have become the fastest-growing segment of the working population. In fact, it’s estimated that by the year 2020, they could represent up to 40% of the workforce.
Currently, over 53 million Americans, or 34% of the U.S. workforce, engages in some kind of freelance work. In Australia, according to a 2015 survey, an estimated 4.1 million workers were freelancing, and that number has continued to increase.
A recent article in The Guardian reported that a full third of all millennials are choosing to participate in some type of freelance work.
While millennials aren’t the only group embracing the newest form of entrepreneurialism, there are a number of reasons millennials are embracing it so enthusiastically. Continue Reading…
What images does that word conjure up in your always-busy mind?
A powerful business figure yelling out orders?
A frazzled corporate manager pulling 16 hour days?
A single parent/solopreneur slaving away at their side hustle all weekend?
Is that what being “productive” really is?
I used to think those destructive visions of “busyness” were the modern workforce’s definition of “productivity”, that was, until at age twenty-seven, I collapsed with searing chest pains, a numb left arm, and inability to breath. Continue Reading…
The holiday season is here, and with it comes lots of food, family and non-stop shopping.
If you’ve got an entrepreneur in your life, finding that “perfect” gift for the business-minded trailblazer can be, well, challenging.
Thus, your friends over at The Motivated Millennial decided to put together a “Millennial Entrepreneur Gift Guide” with your treppy loved ones in mind.
Here’s a few gift suggestions for the millennial entrepreneur:
Millennials love, love, LOVE entrepreneurship.
Look at their heroes (Zuckerberg, anyone?), TV programming (Shark Tank, Flip or Flop, All -American Makers), and freelancing lifestyle (find me a millennial that doesn’t know what a 1099 is) – entrepreneurship is everywhere.
But don’t just take my word for it – the Kauffman Foundation reports that 54 percent of millennials either want to start a business or already have started one and the US Chamber of Commerce reported that over a quarter of millennials (27 percent) were already self-employed.
Millennials are turning out to be quite the entrepreneurial generation, as they seriously surpass their predecessors in the start-up arena. BNP Paribas Global reported Millennials have launched about twice as many businesses as boomers have—nearly eight companies each versus three to four for boomers.
A decade ago, millennials’ penchant for trailblazing was commendable – in the height of the Great Recession, it was either create your own job or join the ranks of the unemployed. Many millennials chose the route of entrepreneurship.
Today, the job market for millennials is (reportedly) improving, but many established companies are confused as to why millennial entrepreneurs won’t work for them. Continue Reading…
On my own from a fairly early age, I’ve always prided myself in the ability to “out work” just about anyone.
Whether it was college sports, my doctoral exams, a coveted internship, or running my own business, I always worked long and hard.
Assessing the quality of my work and its effects on my health and well-being was not something I was accustomed to.
Maybe I lacked self-awareness.
Maybe I lacked understanding.
Maybe I just didn’t know any better.
For the past few years, I watched in awe as many of my entrepreneurial colleagues have let their office lease expire, converted their established business model to a virtual one, and packed their bags for an international excursion.
“Wow” I thought, “I could never do that.”
But I wanted to – bad. Continue Reading…
There are many benefits of working from home – autonomy, flexibility, no office drama, etc.
But one of the biggest – and least utilized – benefits of working from home is the ability to fully customize a healthy work space.
No more being crammed into that cold and dull “junior associate” office, or trying to wade through cubicle land just to send a few e-mails.
Work from home professionals can create a work space that maximizes comfort, health, and inspiration.
Are you ready to design a healthy home office?
Fervently jotting down the dictated list of prioritized task and deadlines on a yellow legal pad, I proceeded to summarize the hour long skype session with one of my most valued clients.
Just another relaxing afternoon in the day of sweat pant exec, or so I thought.
Midway through my “week 3 strategy” rotation, my 100+ lb. German Shepherd barreled through my half closed “office” doors and charged the mesmerizing laptop screen with the unbridled aggression of his carnivorous predecessors.
There went the web cam…
There went the café latte…
There went the meeting…
Freelancing is all the craze. I remember back, say five years ago, when the term “freelancer” was common code for “unemployed victim of the Recession”; however, many of today’s professionals are choosing to freelance in favor of the autonomy and freedom it provides.
Anyone else championing the #workfromwherever hashtag?
Today 53 million Americans (34% of the U.S. workforce) are considered contingent, temporary, diversified, or freelance employees. The freelance workforce is expected to continue to grow – reaching and estimated 40% by the year 2020.
Some cite millennials’ preference for entrepreneurship as the driving force behind the freelance movement, others recognize today’s talent pool as distrusting of “traditional” career opportunities that paved the way for the recent economic downfall. Regardless of the whys and wherefores for freelancing, it’s a BIG deal and it’s here to stay.
As a fellow freelancer, I’ve compiled a list of top sites for today’s independent contractor to find quality work with quality clients.