Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Rise Of Freelancers

Call it the curse of the last recession or the quest to be leaner; the freelancing economy has grown multifold in the last decade. Even the Millennials have showered love on it, for it gives them the chance to own the work schedule and select the pace of their assignments. The new generation is looking at freelancing as an income stream, they have a lesser interest in building a career out of one job stream, they don?t believe in working for one employer or doing one kind of work for many years

Earlier doing freelancing job used to be considered as a synonym of being unemployed. Freelancing can no longer be seen as part-time employment; there are so many highly skilled people who have taken freelancing as their full-time role. Fortune 500 biggies are also beginning to embrace an on-demand labor mode, enabling them to be financially flexible, operationally agile and geared up for global competition. With freelancing, companies can get access to talent to build the best in class offering, without worrying about the immigration and other legal hurdles.

Advancement of Internet and English as the common language has helped cross-border freelancing to a huge extent. Earlier one would register with the recruitment agencies to get access to freelancing work, but now one can find ample amount of opportunities from the comfort of the home through the internet on websites like upwark, toptal, craigslist, fiverr, 99designs, etc.

You May Also Like To Read:?What?s your next gig?

The freelancing or the gig economy has been tempered by the dynamics of rating each other. In the beginning, due to the absence of ratings one could get fleeced, with the passage of time and repository of delivery, the freelancers and companies have build a reputation for themselves in the marketplace. Be it Uber or Airbnb or Udemy, the ratings are helping both sides connect fruitfully.

Working remotely is no longer a pain; smartphones, web apps, higher bandwidth and other technological innovations have enabled 24/7 connections across the world. Advances in online project management tools and Escrow payment systems has also turbo charged this segment, these tools have made it easier and safer to work with some one who is sitting across the world. Sectors that have grown fastest in freelancing work are content writing, digital marketing, web/app development, graphic design & animation.

Even the governments are taking note of this radical shift, in order to prevent the freelancers from being exploited the governments are exploring creation of a new category altogether, called the freelance category,? and define it?s rights.

Jappreet Sethi

Jappreet Sethi
I am a HR & Business Strategy professional with experience of leading HR & People Consulting practice of multinational professional services firms. I specialize in designing & delivering dynamic learning experiences in service of human development. I have over a decade of experience across various facets of HR and Process Consulting. I am a Six-Sigma Black Belt along with a certification in using Lean for process improvement. I am also a certified user for psychometric instruments like MBTI, FIRO, CPI & Saville Consulting Suite; I am among the few in India who specialize in using Art and Drama for Leadership Development and Personal Counseling. I have been rated twice as one of the Top 100 employee engagement experts in the world by a New York Times bestselling author.

Related posts

Project Manager interview Questions & Answers

Are you planning to interview for the Project Manager Job, the role of Project Manager...

Building Architect Job Interview Questions and Answers

Here are the top Interview Questions & Answers for Building Architect Job What is the role...

Urban Planner Interview Questions and Answers

Here are the top Interview Questions & Answers for Urban Planner Job, an urban planner...

Conservation Architect Job Interview Questions and Answers

Here are the top interview questions & answers for a Conservation Architect Job What is the...

Share this post

Most popular

Patience Pays In Corporate Life

Impatient people interrupt, finish other people's sentences when they hesitate, ask people to hurry, urge people to finish and get to the point. All these behaviors of impatient people intimidate, irritate and demotivate others.

How To Start A New Job

So you managed to land a job after a long struggle and many interviews. You...

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone or Become Obsolete

Your comfort zone is a dangerous place to be, it is where everything is wonderful, everything is familiar, and things are working well. So why is it dangerous? Because it keeps you inside the box where the world you know is familiar and there are no risks, as everything is tried and tested.

Tips to Make Your Career Development Plan Work

"Relax? It will all work out, my company loves me" simply isn't true for a...

How To Crack HR Interview – Using STAR Model

Using the STAR method is one of the most effective ways of getting your message...