We're a freelance company that hires freelancers. That means there's almost no overhead, and I don't have to worry about all the usual headaches: government red tape, payroll taxes and health insurance.
My husband and I run the business. Firms hire us to write blogs, e-books and press releases, and we spread that work out to freelancers across the country. As long as they do what they're supposed to, it goes really well.
Labor and related freelance fees cost me $340,000 last year. Because I work from home in Texas, office supplies were only $12,000. I joke that my husband wants a new computer but can't justify the cost, because we just don't spend on much at all.
Then there's the freedom. Last year, I managed the business during a two-week family vacation in the Canary Islands. In the evenings, I distributed assignments from the hotel on my laptop. During the day, my freelancers wrote while we rode camels, ate tapas and peeled shrimp 'til the butter ran down our arms.
These workers in their 50s and 60s are struggling to find work. Is it a bad economy or age discrimination?