5 Predictions for the Freelance Economy in 2015 – Forbes

forbes logoFrom Forbes — “In some ways the future is now and, based on our extensive analysis of the freelance economy, this is what we anticipate for 2015:

1) Continued Growth of Freelance Work By all indications, the trend towards freelance work will continue to grow. There are currently an estimated 53 million Americans freelancing, approximately 34 percent of the total workforce. This number is expected to balloon to 50 percent by 2020. As the number of freelancers continues to grow, we can expect companies to embrace this growth, and more importantly, take steps to prepare for this boom in on-demand labor. Between trying to attract the right freelance talent and putting the right systems in place, 2015 will be a year of growth, and preparation– which brings us to…

2) Companies Embracing the Need for a Freelance Management System Previously companies were utilizing a series of sub-optimal solutions to manage their 1099 contractors – home grown systems, single-use point solutions and spreadsheets. And while each have some clear utility, none address a company’s need for comprehensive oversight to properly mitigate risk and improve visibility, especially when dealing with thousand of freelance workers….”

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