The freelance revolution is growing leaps and bounds with each passing year. The digital age has brought with it a new work space and differently skilled workforce.
The “gig” economy now makes up 60 million of the workforce and is growing three times faster than the USA workforce. Research suggests that by 2027, majority of the people will be working independently.
Let’s read about somemajor trends expected for the year 2019:
Block-chain is the technology of cryptocurrency. Freelancers who know the ins and outs of block-chain will be able to help clients build a new cryptocurrency exchange or alternative coins. Being a very new field of expertise with low supply of people knowing the fundamentals, this is something that will be high in demand and high in pay as well.Even writers who can write about the technology are high in demand who can explain how it works as the market has relatively lesser knowledge of it.
Block-chain will also play a bigger role for freelancers as it enables faster and safer payments. Moreover, it offers complete transparency.
There are many freelance skills for which an hourly pay is not justified. There are many freelancers in the literature, artist, and journalism category. They do not want clients but patrons to continue to create their “art”. Patrons are those people or organizations who are willing to pay for these “artists” to continue doing what they do best. In 2019, patronization is expected to grow more common and popular.
3. New co-working space
As the importance of freelancers is understood; new modern workplaces are being developed to tap into this growing market. Freelancers usually do not have proper working spaces which also mean less interaction with probable clients and colleagues.
Many restaurants of USA are closing their doors to the general public from 9am to 5pm and offer co-working desks, free Wi-Fi, coffee and other amenities. Offered at monthly membership basis, this new workplace can be the place where you get your juices flowing, make associations, meet colleagues and expand your freelancing gig.
4. Big corporations to hire more freelancers
Before, freelancers were only employed by independent contractors or small scale businesses. However, this is not going to be the norm anymore. Bigger companies, even Fortune 500 ones are hiring freelancers for non-core jobs such as marketing and human resources so that they have more resources to focus on what they do best; i.e. manufacturing or selling of services.
Being hired by bigger corporations will be a big step forward for the freelancing community in terms of better pay, more professional scenario, challenging work and more recognition. You can easily start a freelance career by taking some short courses, some of which are available online.
Entrepreneurs are those people who start their own businesses. The freelance community has given rise to solo-preneurship that is expected to grow in 2019. Freelancers are now using their skills and displaying and selling them to the market to many “buyers” aka clients. They are independent workers of their own business and only collaborate when and as needed with different clients and corporations.
Freelancer and solo-preneur are not the same. There is a difference in how business is conducted by both. A freelancer will do whatever work comes his way, has many different “gigs” and lets the client negotiate and take the driver’s seat. A solo-preneur on the other hand clearly defines his/her services, prioritizes on building their business as well as the client’s business, knows how to enforce boundaries and is also in control and able to negotiate work and pay.
With the advent and popularity of solo-preneurship, the freelance community will be widely recognized as well as receive better pay.
These are the trends expected to gain momentum in the year 2019. Some may grow by leaps and bounds and some may not. The only thing that is sure is that freelancing or remote jobs will continue to grow for many years to come.