At precisely the point in our technological development when it is becoming feasible for many jobs to be performed from anywhere in the world, California is making it harder and harder for people to actually work in their state.
Marisa Vallbona has transitioned a contractor who has worked for her in California into an employee, and is being more selective about the work she takes on in the state. Vallbona, who recently moved the headquarters of her public relations firm, CIM, to Houston from California, is now using only Texas-based contractors.
“I don’t work with freelancers in California anymore because of the gig economy problems,” she says.
Other companies inside and out of California are likely to follow suit. The increase in remote working over the past two decades has made it easier for companies to find workers anywhere.
It’s a shame, really. Homelessness and underemployment are real problems in that state.