One of the distinguishing characteristics of this current economic downturn/recession/depression is that it is pushing a lot of workers out of regular jobs and into the ranks of the self-employed, whether they like it or not. A lot of workers are being forced into the self-employed entrepreneurial lifestyle out of necessity and/or desperation. Not everyone is cut out for the freelance life. Freelancing is a great option for some, but hard to swallow if you're forced into it because you find yourself out of work with no other good option for making a living. But the flexibility of a freelance workforce will have a lot of appeal even after the current economic downturn has run its course.