A few years ago I attended an HR conference where I found myself on a panel with a freelancer. He had no desire to work for a corporation, nor a manager for that matter. And he was clearly very good at his craft—someone my company would want to hire.
“I get that you love the independence,” I said. “But what about your training and development? How do you stay on the leading edge of your craft?”
“Meet-ups,” he said. Seeing my uninformed gaze, he went on. “We get together online and arrange festival-like gatherings, often on the campuses of Bay Area companies, inviting the best players to come and speak. Great for networking too.”
I tried another tack. “What about a sense of community? Don't you get bored or stale working alone all day?” ...