Periodically on this blog, I planned to post about news in the freelancing job sector. I haven’t done this since my first post; unlike my first post, though, this news appears to be more on the positive side.
Romina Maurino of The Canadian Press recently reported self-employed and contract workers now make up 15 percent of the workforce, according to American figures, and it’s expected to climb even higher by the year 2020.
As far as my new home in Canada is concerned, nearly 2 million Canadians worked at least some kind of temporary job; this means contract workers made up 12.5 percent of paid employment in the country that year. In June 2014, Canadian self employment grew by 23,400 workers.
Maurino features Lise Cartwright (You can visit her online here), who was successful enough to quit her full time office job after 18 months and founded a full-on freelancing company.
Ivey Business School at Western University professor Ann Frost told The Canadian Press that it’s not only the freelancers’ desire for the freedom of self-employment that drove the trend, but companies around the world are turning more toward outsourcing to specialists.
My situation is a bit more complicated when it comes to entering the freelance sector – not bad, really, just different – but I tend to believe that most freelancers are where they are by their own volition. They want to be their own boss; to make it for themselves.
ON the other hand, companies have always asked for freelance help, which is just fine with me. Sometimes it’s cost, sometimes it’s deadline, sometimes it’s a particular expertise that calls for outsourcing. Whatever the case is, there is an element of job security for specialized freelancers. The trick, however, is for freelancers to land those ever-important contracts. Income can vary from month to month, depending on the contracts and clients landed, which seems to be the most common trade-off for the freedom freelancing offers.
The connection between clients and freelancers is an interesting chicken-or-the-egg-which-came-first relationship. Clients are businesses who depend on other businesses to help satisfy their own clients. It’s a fascinating cycle that spans so many industries and supports so many independent businessmen and businesswomen all around the world.
You can find the original Canadian Press article here for further reading.
Happy writing and contract hunting, my dear readers! We’ll talk again next week.
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