This post is part of the Professional Independence Project series. Go to school. Get a degree. Get a good job. Accumulate benefits. That’s how people used to think of a career. But that rarely happens in today’s world. Instead it looks something like this: Go to school. Get a degree. Look for a job. Find a job. Lose a job. Find a job. Hate a job. Quit a job. Rinse and repeat over and over again. Benefits? What benefits? Retire… really? Maybe someday. Yes, a lot has changed in the past couple of decades. No longer can you rely on one employer to provide full security. They may provide a paycheck on a regular basis, but health insurance, retirement benefits, regular pay increases, even holding on to the job itself is anything but secure in today’s world. Which means as an employee, relying on your employer for long-term stability and security puts you at risk. Statistics show that more people are becoming self-benefit providing, self-income deriving, and CEO over their own careers than ever before. And those statistics aren’t going down in the coming years. In fact, if anything, freelancing and contracted help are quickly becoming the new norm in today’s employment world. And with good reason. In many ways, it benefits the employer. They can get great, qualified people working for them to do the job they desire. And when the position changes, they can easily move on to another person that’s equally qualified with the new skills needed. They can pay more upfront, knowing they won’t have a lot of investment in training and benefits. Which means they can move quicker with an idea in this fast paced world. And while that seems like it puts all of the cards in the employers’ hands, that isn’t necessarily the case. When you think of yourself as a business owner, you can become better at the skills you enjoy, and approach businesses that are more than willing to pay you what you are truly worth.