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Posts tagged with Freelancing

Five tool sets for scaling your freelance business into a full consultancy

With freelance work slated to outpace full-time jobs by 2020, and with more than 53m Americans working on a freelance basis as of 2014, the opportunity is ripe for those interested in paving their own way.

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The rise of the freelancer: stats

Freelancing. Early 19th century in origin, as two words, denoting a mercenary.

In the US, gigging (freelancing) is a well-established phenomenon. An estimated 20–33% of the workforce consists of independent workers (Accenture).

The top 10 skills supplied by UK freelancers (listed below) are pretty much exclusively utilised in the service industries involved with the web and marketing.

Surprisingly, a fifth of UK grads with a first class degree have already freelanced. With flexibility and earning potential, not to mention the lack of a ‘real’ boss, being major attractions for some of the best and brightest, how can you work well with freelancers?

In this post I’m revealing findings from a new report from elance looking at trends in freelancing in the UK.

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12 things every freelancer should have

Being a freelancer can be a fulfilling and profitable career path.

In digital industries, where job mobility is high and five years with a single employer is 'a long time', many professionals view freelancing as a viable and attractive career path.

But make no mistake about it: freelancing is a business and as with any business, starting up, surviving and thriving can be difficult to do.

Here are 12 success-promoting things every freelancer, new and experienced, should have in place.  

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11 tips for freelance success

Thanks in part to globalisation and the state of the world economy, the number of freelancers and freelance opportunities have grown rapidly in the past decade.

For individuals, freelancing offers the possibility of an entrepreneurial lifestyle and a level of self-determination that is hard to find at a nine-to-five.

For businesses that may not have the luxury of hiring a full-time employee or need expertise that is hard to find and/or develop in-house, retaining a freelancer may be the most attractive way to get a job done.

But freelancing isn't all roses. Most individuals who become freelancers aren't billing themselves out at thousands of dollars a day, and many fail to earn more than they used to earn (or could earn) as full-time employees.

Some, sadly, are unable to find their way and are forced out of freelance-dom.

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