PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The economy is improving, but continued sluggish job growth numbers mean increased opportunities for freelancers, according to Allison Greenspan Duckworth
. With more and more companies unable to hire full-time employees, freelance work is becoming increasingly lucrative. Businesses still need services delivered and products created and in some fields, freelance workers are able to provide what businesses are looking for.
A recent article
published by Forbes examined the trend of companies outsourcing work to freelancers via the Internet. The article argues that technology has made outsourcing work cost effective for businesses and created a new industry for people still looking for employment. Freelancing is expected to continue and ultimately transform the way businesses conduct their operations, the author suggests.
As a freelance writer, Allison Greenspan Duckworth agrees that opportunities are increasing. She has seen a rise in freelance opportunities for communications specialists in addition to more popular sectors including information technology. And while freelancing is not necessarily for everyone, with more opportunities available, more workers may consider this type of employment and income generation.
"Using freelance labor is becoming a win-win for workers and businesses," she said. "People desiring more flexible hours and the ability to work from home find freelancing attractive and now there are more opportunities to make money this way."
The article reads, "Using the online marketplace, which connects job seekers and employers, companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 are finding everything from IT specialists to personal assistants in the cloud. The size of the global online work industry, currently estimated to be between $1 billion and $2 billion is expected to grow to $5 billion by 2018."
According to the article, the work most sought after during the past year were social media marketing services, research, design, academic writing, infographics, virtual assistants, information technology, translations and data analysis. A drawback for workers who choose to freelance is that pay is often below minimum wage and longer hours are required to make ends meet.
With health care legislation requiring companies to offer benefits to their employees, using freelancers on an assignment-by-assignment basis gets around the requirement and saves businesses money. Freelancing is also reducing the need for full-time staff workers.
But freelancing carries substantial risks. Online workers have little way of ensuring they will receive payment for their work and it is more important than ever for these workers to keep written record of agreements. For some young professionals and the unemployed, freelancing is the only way to have a job - even if it is less than ideal.
"For workers looking for traditional employment, the options are likely to dwindle," Duckworth said. "But the horizon is bright for freelancers who are willing to think creatively and position themselves competitively for contracts."
The way companies operate is slated to change with continued growth of outsourcing to freelancers. Workers, too, will have to change their mindsets and improve in efficiency to make freelancing a viable career path. In the future it is likely that collaborative teams will only feature a couple full-time employees coupled with part-time staff and online contract workers.
Allison Greenspan Duckworth
is a freelance writer living in Delray, Florida. A native of the state, she attended Florida International University. She holds a bachelor's degree and a master of fine arts in creative writing. To pay the bills, she freelances articles about restaurants and the food and beverage industry. Many of her articles are restaurant reviews, chef profiles, travel guides and features like that. She is an avid horseback rider and a certified riding instructor. Currently she is pursuing a publishing deal and writing fiction. She hopes to publish a children's book series.