Katz notes that, today, the more than eight out of 10 independent contractors who say they favor their status do so despite anecdotal evidence that many such workers worry about the volatility of their incomes and a lack of benefits. In the end, he says, the flexibility of working for themselves really does appear to trump other considerations.
Meanwhile, for the 16 million Americans who work at some point during the year as temps or contract employees, its not that they all have it bad. There are staffing agencies that treat their employees wonderfully, says David Dourgarian, the CEO of TempWorks, which provides software and services to the industry. For some people, a temp job is a great way to juggle school or parenting, or to suss out whether a particular career is right for them.