Freelancing is the New Normal

Freelancer photoFreelancers, who are they?Freelance economy is on its rise, no doubt. It grows in popularity as the negative stigma around freelancers, giggers, or to put it in a more technological term- contingent workers dissolves into the past.                               As the economy hasn’t yet fully recovered from 2008 recession, more and more graduates struggle landing their first jobs or advancing in careers. Instability of job markets leads a number of skilled or not so much workers seek out additional sources of income. Technological advances, a number of online and mobile platforms including location based Tispr, and Upwork make it easier for professionals across disciples connect easily and engage in flexible peer-to-peer deals.In fact, Harvard survey results imply that all of the net employment growth in the U.S. alone could have likely happened in alternative work arrangements from 2005 to 2015. It appears that employment in traditional jobs have declined about 0.3% from 2005 to 2015.At the moment, one in three US workers have been engaged in freelance work at some point in their lives. Deloitte predicts this number to increase to 40% in just three years, by 2020. The gig economy. Distraction or disruption?  report indicates that this trend has gone global, and the number of freelance workers will go up in most countries. This change in workforce culture and norms is fostered by the networks of people who are not formally employed, or those who look for additional income. Online platforms, mobile apps make the transitional process more efficient and much easier to implement both for individuals and businesses alike.Plan, plan, plan There is one thing to keep in mind before you join the new trend. If you want to make the best of it, plan ahead. And I can’t stress enough how important it is to plan your schedule and project budget accordingly. Remember, this model offers you a lot of flexibility. The longer you stay “available” to pick up a job, the more you will make. You can always play around with your schedule to make time for something you are truly passionate about.So, if you struggle paying bills at the end of the month, if you are waiting on a job interview or if you are simply looking for new reliable and fun ways to make extra cash is your platform. Become your own boss in three easy steps.
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Not only will you catch up with your finances, but you will become a part of a large network that connects individuals with local businesses. Remember, how well you perform will define your success. You will both be able to rate the business you worked with and get a feedback on your performance in a form of ratings. Online reviews, ratings and endorsement are the new resume. So, build yours up!By Aylan Ashumoff

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