Gig Faces: Lola Butcher on the job security of freelance writing

Lola Butcher, 58, has worked for 11 years as a freelance health care writer.

Growing up in Clinton, Mo., she fell in love with journalism. After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she wrote for various publications for almost 30 years. But as the news business began to struggle and Butcher’s concern about her job security grew, she found freelancing as a way out.

“Now I feel complete job security,” said Butcher, who lives in Springfield. “As a freelancer, I know I will always be able to get more work … because I have a specialty, and people need my work.”

Gig Faces profiles individuals who work jobs in the gig economy.

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