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With more than 17% of the self-employed workers in America classifying themselves as independent contractors or freelancers, the number of individuals who earn a living off of freelance work is on the rise.
Many people question the decision to transition from traditional employment to freelance work. They wonder if they will be able to secure enough consistent work to meet their monthly bills. Their personal life is also on the line – will work stretch into the weeknights and weekends, extinguishing their ability to socialize with their families and friends?
Thankfully, the vast majority of those workers who have already transitioned into freelance work find they are satisfied with their decision; fewer than 1 in 10 independent contractors state they would prefer a more traditional work arrangement. This is thanks to the benefits they have found from freelancing.
How freelancers benefit
Get in on the freelance revolution
Freelancing sounds like a great opportunity for many professionals, but they’re often uncertain where to start. Thankfully, with the help of the internet, it’s easier than ever to find freelance opportunities. Individuals are turning to the following resources to find work:
No matter how you find your first freelance opportunities, you will want to ask the employers if you can use samples of your work to build your professional portfolio. By building a strong portfolio, you will increase the likelihood of securing more jobs in the future at a higher rate so you can take advantage of setting your own schedule and increasing your earning potential.
(Infographic by Marco; Additional Writing by Meghan)
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