Strategic communications consultant, Writer

Wendy Mensch

I started freelancing in 2006 as a backup plan while looking for full-time work following a layoff. At the time, I had two young daughters (ages 6 and 10). It didn’t take long for me to realize that freelancing was a great way to earn a living while making myself available to my family.

It became even better when my younger daughter developed a chronic illness, and we had to spend five years going from doctor to doctor until we got a diagnosis and she was able to get her symptoms under control. Now, I’m an empty nester, and I work longer hours and am more open to business travel, but I still love the flexibility of being a freelancer.

I also love all the things I get to do: writing and consulting on internal communications and public-relations materials, crafting intranet articles, creating email communications and presentations, and providing editorial support on communications strategy.

What lawmakers need to know: S863 (formerly S4204/A5936) could put me out of business. I have a kid in college and one in graduate school. I don’t think it will be easy for me to find full-time permanent employment; I’m in my late 50s. Despite my many years of experience, who will want to hire me now?