The Advantages of Freelancing In 2016
The world has finally woken up to the benefits of freelancing – and more individuals are moving out of traditional employment and learning how great it can be to work for themselves. Let’s take a look at the numbers:
- The number of freelancers globally soared by more than 400% between 2005 and 2014.
- The Netherlands saw 92% growth in freelancing over the last decade.
- 9% of Greek people and 23.4% of Italian people are now self-employed.
- Overall, 14.5% of people in Europe are now classed as self-employed.
- Experts forecast that half of individuals could be freelance by 2020.
- 86% of freelancers agree that they are happy working on a freelance basis.
Those are some amazing figures! If you’ve been thinking about going freelance and taking your career into your own hands, here are a few reasons why you should go for it:
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“You can think of freelancing as volatile and risky or as flexible and opportunity-rich. Freelancing lets you shift gears when the world does”
You’ll learn about every area of business
In your old job, you were expected to show up, do what you were being paid for, then go home. As a freelancer, you’re the one running the show, so you’ll need to handle everything from marketing and sales to bookkeeping and administration. It’s a fantastic way to broaden your skillset and learn about new areas of business you may not have branched out into before.
You’ll also learn about how important it is to have a personal brand – something the team here at YOR know plenty about. Our personal branding service will not only help you find your niche in the world of freelancing, it will also help you with website building and marketing while you’re getting your business off the ground. Check it out!
You’re not confined to one location
With the sophisticated technology we have at our fingertips today, you can freelance from any location in the world – as long as there’s a WiFi signal! One week you could be sipping coffee and networking in Rome, the next you could be meeting new clients in London, or Paris, or Prague… the possibilities are endless!
Here at YOR, we offer the unique opportunity to buy or rent a mobile office that could help you get into the groove as a freelancer. Check out our mobile office page for further details!
You’ll meet likeminded people
Freelancing is all about making connections with new people – and if you throw yourself headfirst into the freelance community, it’s likely you’re going to be introduced to many people who are on your exact wavelength. The world is full of ambitious digital entrepreneurs, with innovation at the forefront of their mission statements – freelancing gives you the chance to get involved and become one!
You’ll enjoy a better work-life balance
Freelancers enjoy a better work-life balance than anyone, because they’re not chained to a desk for eight hours of the day. By becoming a freelancer, you can enrich your personal and social life while you’re growing your business – you can travel and see the world while still making money and developing your career. What other job opportunity offers that?
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