Keep the Challenges of Freelancing in Check

December 06, 2021

Why do some freelancers feel depleted and discouraged at the end of their workdays while others feel happy and hopeful? Having a successful career in the gig economy, no matter your profession, requires a certain set of psychological and social skills.

Two researchers break down six common existential and interpersonal challenges that freelancers confront in their day-to-day work lives. They share routines and practices that help independent workers keep themselves motivated, productive, and developing professionally.

Guest experts:

Brianna Caza is a management professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Erin Reid is a management professor at McMaster University.


  • “Are You Ready to Go Freelance?” by Brianna Barker Caza et al.
  • “What Successful Freelancers Do Differently,” by Ben Laker et al.
  • “Freelancing, Self-Employment, and Mental Health” by The Anxious Achiever
  • “Thriving in the Gig Economy,” by Gianpiero Petriglieri et al.
  • The Gig Work Life

Participate in Erin and Brianna’s research study.

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