Shane Snow of Contently, a collective of freelance journalists available for hire by the world’s biggest brands, writes on his LinkedIn post entitled Half Of Us May Soon Be Freelancers: 6 Compelling Reasons Why:
The cost savings and flexibility of a non-salaried workforce often make business sense, but the model requires the workers to suddenly become businesspeople. We wanted to help our writer and editor friends continue doing what they were good at, without having to deal with the stress of finding work, getting paid on time, and marketing themselves on their own. And we were not the only ones who saw the wave coming. Communities for designers and other creative talent have helped these freelancers make it on their own for several years now.
And where it’s clear that the majority of creative people will be freelance before long, all signs point to other jobs one day following suit. This will mean huge things for the domestic and global economy, and it will give an enormous number of people increased flexibility, responsibility, and stress.
You might soon be one of them, a hired gun.
A few years ago I haphazardly started sharing what I learn from my freelancing and consulting activities over at IT Consulting Lessons. If you’re an existing (or aspiring) freelancer, especially in the information technology space, join us over there to build your business skills. I learn more every time I put together a new post and read and digest a new interesting article/post from elsewhere to share with the community. And I intend to grow the community further over the next few years, turning it from primarily an email list and blog, to more of a true community. Stay tuned. And, in the mean time, join us by adding the blog your RSS reader and subscribing to the email list to learn about new resources. And feel free to shoot me a personal email expressing your interest so I know that others are finding what I’m doing valuable.