Poll: Have you encountered bias against freelancers (vs. full-time employees)?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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No Jan 20, 2019

I've been both a full-time employee and a freelancer. I never encountered any bias.

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Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
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The opposite Jan 20, 2019

I think clients appreciate a professional who is in full charge of the work, working directly with the client and able to ensure quality with nothing getting in the way. As a customer in other areas, that is what I tend to look for and feel lucky when I can find it. That is in contrast to large faceless companies where employees don't really have much of a say.

 

Teresa Borges
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Bias? No! Jan 20, 2019

Maybe some degree of professional envy: one of my daughters envied my freedom until she decided to enter the freelancer’s world and realized that it also has a few negatives. Like Muriel, I know well both worlds and at my age I prefer by far being a freelancer…

 

Ricki Farn
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Yes, socially Jan 20, 2019

I have been told to my face, in front of an audience, that I am obviously unemployable, which is why I have to be a freelancer.

Joke's on them - living well is the best revenge.


 

Maja_K  Identity Verified
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??? Jan 20, 2019

Ricki Farn wrote:

I have been told to my face, in front of an audience, that I am obviously unemployable, which is why I have to be a freelancer.

Joke's on them - living well is the best revenge.


Would you explain a bit more about this situation? I mean, it's a harsh thing to say for someone they are "obviously unemployable", why did someone say that to you?


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Jan Truper  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 20, 2019

From banks and a car dealership, in regards to credit worthiness...

 

Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 20, 2019

I find that some companies or agencies try to get away with paying freelancers a lot less than they should be entitled to, justifying their attitude by using excuses such as a freelancer doesn't have to buy gas to get to an office, have an expensive wardrobe, and other similar, untenable points of view.

I'm glad I don't work for any of THEM!

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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No Jan 20, 2019

Luckily, my family does not seem to think I'm unemployed because I'm a freelancer. At least they don't mention it.
But I've heard too many colleagues complain about that, so I realize it's an actual issue.


 

Ricki Farn
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@Maja_K Jan 21, 2019

Maja_K wrote:

Would you explain a bit more about this situation? I mean, it's a harsh thing to say for someone they are "obviously unemployable", why did someone say that to you?


Actually, that was three situations -

twice people bragged (in offline group conversations) about having got tenured employment and explicitly pointed out that I had not achieved that feat. I am pretty sure they were both (separately and in different university departments) butthurt because my grades had been better than theirs. Especially as it's no secret that I have never applied for any sort of tenured job in my life.

And once I approached a social worker I knew privately, telling him that certain neighbours were neglecting their children due to their (the parents') alcoholism and asking how I could get help for the children. The social worker replied that as a freelancer, I was obviously unemployable and therefore not in any position to criticise those neighbours, and he made sure to repeat the entire conversation to a large group of people online later. I wasn't actually attempting to criticise my neighbours, I don't care about how people spend their lives, I was trying to make sure that some small humans got adequate food and clothes. Which I have since achieved, because I happen to have a job that equips me for researching information^^

What I have learned is that if people want to lash out at you, they will use anything they know about you and use it as they please. If I wasn't a freelancer, they would find something else. So does that even count as a bias against freelancers?

But talking of an actual bias against freelancers, I have found that if I tell a doctor I don't need a sick note because I'm a freelancer, the amount of diligence and resourcefulness they invest in treating me instantly drops to nearly zero. Somehow the idea of a third-party employer who wants their employee back, seems to be far more important than the well-being of a self-employed person.


 


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