/ by Heather Rosen

Americans are lifting their collective middle finger to an economy that’s no longer in line with their values.

Independent workers are establishing a new way to work—and in the process, they’re cultivating a new way of life. Success in 2014 is less about wealth than it is about value—the value of time, community, and well-being.

As the availability of the traditional 40-hour-a-week job wanes, so does its appeal. Who wants to “clock-out” at the end of the day when you can dictate your own schedule? Many freelancers rightly see the standard workweek as a prison of the past. Managing your own time isn’t just rewarding—it’s practical and efficient. Parents don’t have to “leave early” to pick up their kids. The idea of “killing time” until the clock strikes 5:00 becomes obsolete when that time is chiefly your own.

Time is a new currency, and successful freelancers manage, save, and spend it wisely.

— Sara Horowitz, via @FastCompany