Are you a freelancer? Does the government agree?

After Biden blocked Trump’s attempt to change decades-old definitions, we’re basically back to where we started


As newsrooms have laid off more and more journalists, those former employees have found themselves with a choice: Do I return to a staff job with some of the same problems, do I leave the profession altogether or do I try something different? Needless to say, some choose the final option, embarking on a path of self-employment with its own pros and cons. (I should note that I am one of them.) 

One big problem is that it’s hard to find a universal definition of what constitutes a freelancer. Is a freelancer someone who writes one story a month for a publication? What if they write one story a day? Can they be a weekend editor for a legacy magazine, working double-digit hours every week for the same client? 

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