On the July 1st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about labor laws and how they affect the explosion of independent contractors. 

The way we make a living is changing. For about a third of Americans, regular hours and benefits are giving way to a patchwork of contracting, temping, and moonlighting.

Photo by Chaz Hubbard

When Shannon Mills left her job as the director of a nonprofit in Berkeley, California about five months ago, she didn’t know what her next job would be. After freelancing for awhile, she decided to hunt for something more permanent.

“I started putting in applications and you know how the job market is …it was just crickets on the other end. People weren’t even telling me thank you for applying,” she said. That routine can become demoralizing. Mills switched up her strategy, migrating her search for work to TaskRabbit.com.