Growing three times faster than the traditional workforce, freelancers are anticipated to be the future of the workforce largely on accounts of technological developments and shifts in work paradigms. On one hand, collaborative platforms make it easy for freelancers to communicate; on the other hand, digital platforms make it easy to find work and cross-border payment platforms make it easy to get paid.
The findings of the Freelancing in America Survey suggest that a considerable majority of freelancers have positive perceptions with regards to the future of their livelihoods. Statistically, around 86% of freelancers reported that the best days are still ahead for the gig workers and about 71% of freelance workers stated that perception of freelancing as a career is transforming and advancing to become more positive.
The most in-demand field of work for freelancers is web and graphic design, followed by programming and IT. These fields are not necessarily the most financially lucrative ones given the rates are pressed downwards on account of oversaturation (2020 Freelance Income Report). To earn better, freelancers are free to explore options with high demand and low competition.
With the increasing popularity, freelance is destined to become more competitive with time. To stay relevant and successful in the times to come, one must stay attuned to changing needs, adjust skills to match the evolving requirements, and explore innovative ways to promote services and create value for the clients.