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As unemployment benefits end & Obamacare begins, freelancing gains in popularity

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The Huffington Post, CBS News, Bloomberg TV, and every major news outlet is filling the airwaves with warnings of the impending end of unemployment benefits today for over 1 million Americans, with another 1.9 million unemployed to follow in the coming months ahead. This comes directly on the heels of the December 26th deadline extension for the Obama Healthcare Plan. Both the “currently employed” and the “out-of-work” American Public seem to be reeling from a Congress and President who are in constant conflict. As a result, professional freelancing is gaining in popularity around the country.

The Dallas News has reported yesterday that Texans are “moonlighting” now more than ever, earning extra money on the side through freelancing even if they happen to be currently employed full-time. The stress of trying to make ends meet or the fear of losing their current jobs in the future is leading many into freelancing as a way to build both emotional and financial security.

Freelancing websites are also boasting new members in huge numbers. Elance and Odesk, for example, have recently announced a forthcoming partnership where they will be merging together into one, massive community of freelance buyers and sellers, offering everything from website design to video production. And the new-kid-on-the-block, Fiverr.com, has recently hit a new impressive milestone, now offering over 3 million freelancing “gigs” to buyers all over the world for as little as $5. But it doesn’t stop there. Top Fiverr Sellers are able to offer services up to $8,200 when they achieve a prime level of excellent customer service ratings.

Always ready to offer advice and guidance to the American worker, the Employee Benefit News is even now praising the many freelancing opportunities that corporations and businesses are providing on a global scale. This site stresses the importance of a well-written and effective online resume, an essential element in today’s world of virtual job hunting. Gone are the days of cold-calling on local businesses for a paycheck, hoping to make a good first impression with a winning smile and a firm handshake.

The world has moved online, and employers are even scrutinizing potential candidates’ Facebook, Twitter, and other social media conversations before a position of employment is offered. They may not be “watching everything we do”, as Edward Snowden is claiming, but managers can now more easily evaluate potential employees’ personality and character traits through a more realistic…if not virtual…style of observation whenever they have the urge.

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