"It's been fun and profitable. It's been moving forward," says Ron Hill of Cleveland.
Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union and author of "The Freelancer's Bible," shares tips and tricks for getting work, getting by and budgeting on an independent contractor's salary.
Designers, videographers and other workers in the creative economy are embracing the flexibility of contract work, even though they have to sacrifice stability.
As much as a third of American workers ply their trade in freelance and contract positions. The idea of working 9 to 5 for 40 years is going the way of the pension and the gold watch.