More writers, photographers and designers are choosing to venture into the job market alone as freelancers, preferring flexibility and independence. Those who choose to freelance instead of holding down a full-time job may have basic financial backing to keep them afloat while drifting from project to project, but serious freelancers can work “full time” by taking on multiple high-paying projects that adds up to a sizable monthly salary. Experience is one thing, but branding yourself as a freelancer is much more glamorous than underselling yourself in the will-work-for-free category. According to the Professional Contractors Group, there are 1.4 million freelancers in the UK and the flexibility added by this community is contributing some £21 billion to UK GDP.
The economic downturn of the United States followed by same in other nations during the recent past years has immensely transformed the outlook of the labor force. This has created a seismic shift in the labor force away from traditional full-time jobs toward contract work. Freelancing is expected to spread beyond its traditional structures to professions such as engineering, accounting, law, health care, and sales. All are now starting to rely heavily on contract work.
Freelancing emerged as a preference for agile businesses and people with a unique skill set. Whether it’s the economy causing the rise in freelancers these days, as Business on Main reports, or just the ability to hire someone virtually at a fraction of the cost of a full-time employee, freelancing is hotter than it’s ever been. Freelancing is become revolutionary carrier these days. Be part of the rise of freelance creatives. Maybe the rise of the freelancer will make for a more dynamic economy even if it means less small business hiring.