Open Thread: Are you Planning for a Recession?

Some days it seems like the economic news is uniformly dismal: foreclosures up, food prices up, unemployment up, mortage money vanishing, financial firms crashing and burning. While economists are still arguing about whether we’re in a recession in the US, everything from gas prices to homes sitting vacant because no one wants to buy them suggests that something bad is going on.

For many web workers, though, it’s still business as usual. In my own particular arena (software development), things are still humming along for myself and most of my peers. Anecdotally designers seem to be doing well too. But it’s hard to make sweeping statements about the whole “web work sector” because we’re so diverse.That’s where you come in. We’d like to conduct our own little confidences survey by asking whether – and how – you’re planning for an economic downturn. Are you saving more? Investing in broadening your skills? Spending more time on marketing yourself? Planning to move out of web work entirely? Or are you confident that your own work will remain in demand for the foreseeable future, and just ignoring all the scare stories?

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