American Writers & Artists Inc. Highlights Growing Trend of Millennials Going “Free Agent”

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Facing a tough job market, an increasing number of Millennials are bypassing the traditional post-college job hunt in favor of freelance work, reports American Writers & Artists Inc.

With unemployment at 7.9%, job prospects for new college grads and young people in general are already dim. Factor in increasing numbers of older workers staying in the workforce longer (62% between the ages of 45 – 60 plan to keep working) due to retirement plan losses and financial setbacks … and the situation is even worse.

But Millennials (aged 21 to 31) have discovered a viable alternative to 9 to 5 work: freelancing. Many freelancers such as copywriters report replacing or exceeding what they would have made in a traditional job.

American Writers & Artists Inc. member Rae Robinson, 23, turned to freelance copywriting even before she graduated, “plotting her escape” while still a student by taking on clients in the copywriting freelance niche. More than half of Millennials like Rae report being “independent professionals” in a recent survey.

She specializes in creating content and writing advertising for the natural health and Christian markets.

Copywriting is one of the most lucrative opportunities for freelancers since marketing and advertising continues to be a growth industry. Direct marketing, a major employer of copywriters – if not the biggest - brings in $2 trillion in sales each year. And online business, a.k.a. e-commerce, was worth $1.2 trillion in 2012, with strong growth expected for 2013.

When she graduated, Rae already had a full roster of clients and was making enough money from freelancing that looking for a job wasn't necessary. She's on track to make six-figures very soon.

“I’m 23 years old – I’m 'supposed' to be slaving away in a cubicle where no one appreciates me, and paying my dues,” says Rae. “Instead, I’m living the life that I’ve always wanted to live, working hard, and playing harder.”

Fellow copywriter and American Writers & Artists Inc. member Christina Gillick has also embraced the freedom of the freelance life.

“I wanted to work at home, be my own boss, avoid a commute, have a flexible schedule, and travel more often than a few weeks per year,” says Christina.

For more on freelance copywriting and how Millennials can jump into this career quickly and easily, read the entire article: “Millennials Discover Alternative to 9 to 5 Jobs”.

Editor’s Note: Members of the media have full permission to reproduce the article linked above either in part or in its entirety, once credit is given to American Writers & Artists Inc.

Media Contact: For information about American Writers & Artists Inc. content republishing, available source material or to book an interview with one of our experts, contact Associate Editor Carol Barron, 772-678-0287 (US), CBarron(at)awaionline(dot)com.

American Writers & Artists Inc. has been publishing direct-response copywriting and graphic design home-study programs since 1997. Their mission is to help people develop the critical skills to acquire financial security, independence and freedom. AWAI equips members with the tools and connections necessary to land clients, start working professionally, and earn money fast. And through their free DirectResponseJobs.com site, businesses can find and hire skilled AWAI members quickly and easily. For a complete list of programs and more information about AWAI, contact Associate Editor Carol Barron, cbarron(at)awaionline(dot)com or (772) 678-0287.

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