A few years ago freelancing industry was growing, but many people were skeptical about freelancing because of irregular income, a lack of orders. Some people were simply worried because they like to be worried.
According to a new landmark survey conducted by an independent research firm Edelman Berland and commissioned by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk, now more than 53 million Americans are doing freelance work.
More and more people decline full-time job benefits and decide to enter the freelancer market. Freelancing is potentially risky, but you get the opportunity to be your own boss, to get freedom from work hours. Most importantly, your income depends only on your own effort, you don’t need to wait for years to get a promotion and bigger salary.
Freelancers have become a real power in economic. This workforce is adding $715 billion annuallyto the economy through their freelance work. According to the survey, the two most common reasons for going freelance were “to earn extra money” (68%) and to “have flexibility in the schedule” (42%).
The two biggest challenges identified by freelancers were a lack of stable income and a hard time finding a workplace. Despite these challenges, infrastructure for freelancers is rising and we predict that next year we are going to have even more freelancers.