Whether freelancing is at the heart of your dream for a more flexible future, or a bridge between more settled gigs, you’re in good company. Over 30% of workers in the US and 15% of workers in the UK are employed in the freelance economy. Increasingly professionals are choosing to freelance as a way to supplement their income, build their own businesses, gain independence, or make money while traveling.
Freelancing opportunities can encompass casual work to pick up a little extra cash or develop interests outside of the day job, as well as a much more substantial way to meet personal and professional goals. With concerns about the future of work in regard to automation in both the US and the UK, as well as pressures exerted by Brexit and some manufacturing moving offshore in both countries, many professionals are looking to take home more money now or position themselves for a more independent future by investing in building their own freelance consulting business. For businesses, the rise in freelancing means increased access to experienced, specialist talent and skills when they’re needed, without the pressure to shoehorn a new employee into a full-time role or expect existing employees with generalist backgrounds to handle expert tasks.
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