In the digital age, freelancing has experienced an incredible boom. Now, according to Forbes, freelancers make up an astounding 35% of US workers, accounting for right at $1 trillion of income in 2016.
So what are the factors behind this growth of the freelance economy, and how can freelancers and businesses alike take best advantage of this growing trend?
Factors Leading to the Growth of Freelancing
The rapid growth of freelancing is no coincidence, as several factors have boosted freelancing to the prominence it now enjoys. These factors are:
By far the biggest factor contributing to the growth of freelancing has been innovations in technology. The internet and the plethora of tools and platforms it has given birth to have opened the door for many employees to complete their work remotely. No longer required to show up at an office, employees in legal, marketing, engineering, design, and many other fields are now able to find clients and deliver work to them on their own thanks to advances in technology.
The attitudes and lifestyle of modern workers, particularly millennials, have played a large role in the popularity of freelancing. Many millennial workers have a thirst for freedom and travel that only freelancing can provide. They value the ability to set their own hours and work from the location that they choose above most anything else that a traditional job could offer. Of course, it isn’t only the younger generation that is recognizing these benefits – 28% of Baby Boomers worked as freelancers as well in 2016.
Talented freelancers are in demand. Companies all over the world value the flexibility, diversity, and skill that freelancers bring to the table, and they are willing to pay for it. According to a survey of freelancers who quit their traditional jobs to begin freelancing, a little over half of those surveyed said that they are now earning more as a freelancer than they did at their old job. Meanwhile, 53% of freelancers surveyed said they believed having a number of clients they work for makes them more financially secure than relying on a single employer.
How to Take Advantage of the Growth of Freelancing
The growth of the freelancing economy offers plenty of new opportunities to both businesses and freelancers alike. For businesses, more freelancers in the field means more options to choose from, providing plenty of flexibility in regard to how modern companies complete their projects.
For freelancers, freelancing’s rising popularity may mean more competition, but it also means more opportunities that may have not been available just a few years ago. As companies all over the world continue to increasingly rely on freelancers as part of their workforce, you can expect more and more lucrative freelancing positions to become available.
Whether you are looking to hire a freelancer or you are thinking of starting a career as one, now is an excellent time wade into the wonderful world of freelancing. If you’re ready to get started, be sure to check out the freelancing platform freelancemyway.com.
Knowing what to wear for a fancy dress party is always a pain, I normally try to keep to something topical. With the recent Transformers film out it was the perfect opportunity to come as Optimus Prime!
I recently came across this video which gave me the initial concept for my Transformer. The idea is that I could be both the robot and the truck of Optimus Prime.
Here is a video of how the costume worked.It's basically made from one cardboard box split open apart from one hinge. I've then attached it to my back with a belt and added two other boxes to support it on my shoulders - this way its high enough above my head to close and the weight is evenly distributed.
I've then attached another bit of card to the shoulder boxes so that I can freely move up and down (if I had strapped it to my chest I wouldn't be able to bend and you would be able to see my feet.) The slots in the bottom of the card are so I can move my legs while crouching.
It looked the following while crouching:
Half way up:
And standing up:
Benjie had come as a giant Tetris piece - it made a handy drinks holder.
Here is a better picture of the side of the truck.
Who would ever have thought this was not a real truck...
Group photo - hint: I'm in the middle.
The giant wings proved difficult for getting through doors.
A full set of pictures of the evening can be found on my Flickr account.
Much love to Beanie and Nej for hosting the party.
Here are some of my top tips for additional OS X functions, most have come from my experience at home and work.
1. Plugging in a TV or Second Monitor
Most Mac models come with an external connector for attaching additional screens (normally a mini DVI connector). From this you need a mini DVI to DVI connector then another cable to plug into your screen, this can be a DVI to VGA cable, DVI to DVI cable or as I have a DVI to HDMI cable. All the cables are very cheap and can normally be picked up from Ebay.
OS X should automatically detect the second screen plugged in and you can open system preferences to adjust the resolution. You may have to play around with the settings, my 26" LG HD TV looks best on 1280 x 720 rather than its native resolution.
I've had my iMac plugged into my TV for the past 6 months and people still think its cool how I can move my mouse from one screen to another.
2. Sharing your Internet over Wireless.
While I was at University our local cable supplier didn't give out free wireless routers so to save buying one I shared the Internet out through my iMac's wireless. In Leopard the Internet can be shared from the Sharing section in System Preferences.
3. Bluetooth Internet Through Your Phone
It usually takes ISP's about two weeks to put ADSL on a phone line. Clearly I couldn't be without Internet for two weeks so I turned to my mobile phones provider (T-Mobile) to hook me up to the net. Now that 3G signal is well established (and I have a 3G phone) I got speeds of around 3mb for
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It's been a while since I've updated Comment Luv for Drupal and I've had a number of requests for a update for Drupal 6.
I've been talking to Andy from FiddyP who's updated his version for Wordpress recently and I hope to have an updated version of Comment Luv within the coming weeks. I've not used Drupal 6 much yet so this will be a good chance to learn some of the updates, I had been waiting for the CCK and Views modules to come out of beta before starting any work on Drupal 6 (I've not used it on any production sites at work yet either).
I have been hard at work on the site today and there have been many small updates and some larger updates. The main has been in this columns section which for anyone interested has a simple sql database backbone for each columner. The contents of each column is then displayed on each page.
The other big update today has been on the front page (index2.php) the categories section has been added on the left hand side to fill a bit of space and to help ease navigation on the site. Also the page stats bit has been added to show how many hits the page has had and who is online at that current time.
I have fixed the recent forum topics section which hasn't been updated since we started using phpBB2, this now only displays the most recent 15 topics instead of all topics posted within the last 24 hours. That was ok when the forum was inactive but with sometimes over 50 topics being posted on every day the front page could get very large and slow to load.
Another update has been on the history page (located here) which seems to have been neglected since december. Anyway its upto date now with all the latest site information. Anyway until next time - pwhite