Research Help: What are the pros and cons of working as a freelancer/contractor/independent consultant?

15 Apr 2010 - 12:53pm
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Erin Stewart


I am currently working toward my Master's in Information Management at the University of Maryland's iSchool. I am working on a research paper for a course on managing information programs where I am focusing on the pros and cons of working as an independent consultant vs. taking a full-time position with an organization and the impact on organizations from a human resources and program managment perspective. I am broadly looking at any professions that impact how users interact, share, find, or add value to information, but would appreciate if you mention what your occupation is in responding so I can analyze trends across occupations if appropriate.

I would greatly appreciate thoughts on any or all of the following questions:

1. What are the pros and cons of working as a freelancer/short-term contractor/independent consultant?

2. How do these pros and cons impact an organization?

3. Does age impact what the pros and cons are for an individual?

Feel free to contact me at if you are interested in the research/analysis I will be completing for this project. Thanks so much for your help.

Erin Stewart

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