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The two-faced freelance economy

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Some freelancers can pull in more than $100 an hour for management consulting, programming or graphic design. Others struggle to make much more than $10 an hour, beholden to "gig work" platforms like Uber or TaskRabbit.

Why it matters: Being one's own boss, with the flexibility it brings, can be lucrative for people who can differentiate themselves from competitors. For the rest, it can be quicksand.

California gig workers bill clears major step

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The California state Senate passed a bill late Tuesday imposing more stringent requirements for companies to classify workers as independent contractors.

Why it matters: Gig economy companies including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Postmates are fiercely opposing bill AB5 as it would force them to convert their drivers into employees with benefits and other protections. The bill will go back to the state Assembly to reconcile it with that chamber's version before the end of this week. If approved, it will head to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who endorsed the bill this month.