Boone Gorges: Free Software, Free Labor, and the Freelancer: The Economics of Contributing

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November 6, 2014

In this presentation, I’ll address both the *why* and the *how* of contributing while freelancing. I’ll lay out both an economic and a philosophical argument for why freelancers ought to budget for time on the parent projects. And I’ll talk about some concrete strategies for making the process less painful than it might seem at first glance. I’ll use myself as a case study, and talk about how my yearly earnings have steadily increased at the same time that the proportion of my working week spent on client work has actually gone *down*, to the extent that I spend over 50% of my time on free software work that I’m not paid for directly.

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WordCamp NYC 2014 58

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Boone Gorges 12

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Contributing 73
Core contributions 18
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