Portrait of a Freelancer
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Many people assume that the growing workforce of freelance workers is primarily made up of stay-at-home moms who are either trying to maintain their professional skills or supplement their growing family’s income. We think of a young woman working away at the computer while the kids quietly color (or tear apart the playroom).
But a recent CreditDonkey survey of independent contractors has revealed a very different picture. According to the survey respondents, this new segment of the American workforce is not dominated by mothers or even females. Instead, it is largely made up of young, single males. Just over 62 percent of the respondents are men. And more than 76 percent of all the respondents don’t have kids running around their home while they’re hard at work.
There are many American workers who have never tried the freelancing lifestyle. But, it’s easy for many to understand the appeal: no actual boss to answer to, no set schedule, no dress code! It’s no wonder that more than 92 percent of survey respondents stated they are happy with their choice of freelancing.
Of course, as with any income source, there are some drawbacks to these gigs – the largest being the uncertainty of steady income. With 61 percent of respondents stating they make less than $50,000 per year, as well as 66 percent stating they work part time, this uncertainty is the largest drawback for the majority of respondents.
Thankfully, CreditDonkey has some tips to help budding freelancers combat this drawback.
How to Get Ahead
Here are some ways to build your growing brand and manage your funds so you can turn your hobby or part-time job into a full-time career:
(From November 5 to November 27, 2012 CreditDonkey.com surveyed 424 independent contractors in the U.S., age 18 and over using a multiple-choice and short-answer online questionnaire. Research and Writing by Naomi; Graphic Design by Boris; Additional Writing by Meghan; Editing by Maria and Sarah)
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