Freelancers are heading towards becoming from minor to major players in economy
If you ever played with the thoughts of giving freelancing a go, parttime or fulltime, it might be now the time to consider the option a bit more seriously. Many millions of individuals on all the continents already have.
Estimations are, if everything goes like in the past few years and this one, by 2020 freelance workforce will be the majority of the workers worldwide. 55 million people, or roughly 35 percent of the U.S. workforce, made money by freelancing in 2016—up from 53 million in 2014. And that is the U.S. alone. Europe saw a big growth as well, about 45% increase, from 6.2 million to 8.9 in 2013. That was five years ago, so imagine what could happen ever since.
Those are just some past stats about those who are already in the game. That’s just one thing. The other side, the public’s view on freelancing changed too. Now more people than ever see certain freelance professional activities more respected than in the past. An ever increasing number of employees and students consider to hit the path of the freelance entrepreneur. The percentage of these positive signs jumped up to 65-80%. Statistically, among the folks interviewed. The flexibility offered by Britain’s freelancers, as example, is worth £21 billion to the UK economy in added value.
True, it isn’t for everyone. Not every single person hits the road of success when starting on this independent professional path, but chances are greater than ever. There are a lot of options online to get started relatively easily, services focused on creating very active marketplaces for talented people, who have skills to serve buyers’ needs. Think of freelancers like:
- Illustrators, graphic designers,
- Article writers, copy writing talents with marketing in their blood,
- Virtual Assistants (probably the most popular on Freelancer.com, as I saw from job posts),
Just to name the best selling categories. It’s easier than ever (and cheaper) to build business websites to support your work (with a blog!), and connect everything with everything: freelance market profile – website – social media. Starting a promotion/campaign. Choose your weapons.
Is it easy? Everyone would agree, NO, it is not. Truth is, I was sceptical myself when I started, even though I knew I can sell some experiences. I’ve quit my job, moved to another country and started to create my gigs, become self-employed. From zero. Risky.
But we cannot argue about, the last years made freelancing unimaginably popular to the point that it became a huge player in employment discussions and economical statistics through the globe. And from this state, it will only grow further. There aren’t signs of slowing down for sure.
So, what skill will you sell today?