Freelancing: A Viable Way To Make A Living -- Or A Lost Cause?

freelancing while unemployed
freelancing while unemployed

By Lindsay Olson

Because we're still seeing pockets of high unemployment all over the country, job seekers are biting their nails, hoping for a brighter outlook sooner rather than later. But many of those out of work are finding creative ways to earn income-online.

In states with high unemployment rates, like North Carolina (currently at 9.6 percent), something interesting is happening. Workers are turning freelancers and finding virtual jobs through sites like Elance and Guru. In Elance's quarterly Global Online Employment Report, results show a steep increase in earnings in areas like North Carolina, where Elance earnings grew 47 percent.