Freelancing

53 Million Americans Are Freelancing, New Survey Finds

From the oDesk Blog — “More than 53 million Americans are freelancing, according to “Freelancing in America: A National Survey of the New Workforce,” a landmark study Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk released today. The old way of working isn’t working and these professionals — and the businesses hiring them — are showing a new way…”…

Freelance Workers Are Our Future. So Why Are We Penalizing Them?

From New Republic — “Rather than second-guessing the relationships between businesses and independent contractors and meddling in their financial arrangements, we should simply require independent contractors to register their “business” with the IRS and state agencies. This would assure greater transparency for both businesses and governments. We could also develop income withholding and tax reporting norms that…

Why I Believe In The Freelance Workstream

From Forbes — “The shift to freelancing is for sure a two-way street. Not only do individuals need to seek it out but businesses need to also see the value and the benefit. As I previously wrote about, there are complexities surrounding the shift to a freelance workforce. Freelancers open up an entirely new category…

Freelancer: Our Goal: Meaningful Independence

From Freelancers Union—  “There are definitely things to worry about for freelancers — quality health care, stress, getting paid what you’re worth. But it’s not “worries” that come to mind of when I think of our members. Instead, it’s what they’re teaching us all every day — how to lead lives of Meaningful Independence. Meaningful independence…

Work Market Study Shows Freelance and Independent Contractor Workforce Poised to Transform Businesses Human Capital Strategies

From ITBusinessnet.com “In the next six years, the number of freelance workers is expected to grow to seventy million. More specifically, onsite, local work (where physical presence is required to complete assignments) is expected to grow to $15.5 billion. This upward trend is happening across industries, including information technology and telecommunication, retail merchandising, promotional marketing,…

Freelance Growth

From iwork3 — See at online presence for freelancers  Related articles America’s Freelance Workforce Is Booming, And So Is The Pay (businessinsider.com) How An Exploding Freelance Economy Will Drive Change In 2014 (forbes.com) Four freelancing rules you need to break today (guerrillafreelancing.com) Related posts: Work Market Study Shows Freelance and Independent Contractor Workforce Poised to Transform…

Why Hiring Freelancers Makes Sense for Small Businesses

From Business News Daily — “Today’s hiring climate is going through a major shift, one in which increased competition will lead a growing number of businesses to invest in freelance talent, predicts The Plato Group, an outsourced sales and marketing firm that provides opportunities and training for freelancers. This “freelance revolution” will be the driving…

The New Independent Workforce

From Mavenlink — Posted on Pinterest by Eko Prabowo See at The New Independent Workforce | Visual.ly. Related articles How Temporary Work Will Reshape Career Paths and Our Economy (psychologytoday.com) The new independent workforce (marshallstanton.com) 3 Critical Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming Your Own Boss (blogs.constantcontact.com) Related posts: US independent workforce rises 2.2% this year to 41.8…

Preserve entrepreneurial spirit and protect independent contractors

From Central Maine — “Small business owners, including myself, take the risk of starting a company because we believe in the American dream. In recent years, however, the Department of Labor has taken aim at these entrepreneurial Americans by enacting regulations that would reclassifying independent contractors as employees, affecting most small business owners, from accountants and engineers…

3 Things to Know About the Growth of a Freelance Nation

From TheStreet — A survey of freelancers indicates that social media did not lead to revenue.  “Social Media are not a factor. While some portions of social media are key to contractors’ branding and reputation, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, for starters, do not make money for them. “Just 6% said social media outreach led to paid project…