PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 19, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Full-time freelancer and professional critic Michael Pilney
knows the numerous advantages to freelancing, which is why he celebrates a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle that discusses the idea of freelancing versus working for a company full-time. The article states, "While the current economic recovery in the United States may be a little less robust than was first envisioned, it has at least been sustained during the first two financial quarters of 2013. While the global economic recession may have triggered long-term stagnation, it has also impacted heavily on behavioral trends in the United States. This is most noticeable in the changing nature of business start-ups and the entrepreneurs who operate in the United States."
According to the report, a growing number of people are forced to work independently out of necessity, rather than a deep-rooted desire or long-term aspiration. The article highlights the rise of the freelancer, noting that the numbers of freelancers in the United States have reached an estimated 42 million during 2012. The report encourages individuals determining their next career move to consider industry growth and its compatibility with remote working. Michael Pilney wholeheartedly concurs, adding, "The industry you work in has a large influence in deciding your preferred working environment." The article also states that this is especially true for those looking to maximize their earning potential and achieve career advancement.
A survey conducted by freelance giant Elance in September 2012, suggests that creative and technical jobs are the fastest growing in the freelance market, as the vast majority of work is assigned and completed online. "When considering a freelancing career, it is vital to assess your own specific niche and skills, especially as the market is constantly evolving," said Michael Pilney. "Before forging a career as a freelancer, make sure you are able to succeed in a remote environment."
The article encourages professionals to also consider time versus money and their earning potential as a freelancer: "When it comes to evaluating the viability of freelancing, it is important to calculate your earning potential and the number of hours that you will need to work in order to achieve your financial goals. This conundrum of time versus money is crucial to determining the precise value that you place on your marketable skills, and whether or not making the transition from traditional employment would be worthwhile."
Pilney points out that it is also important to evaluate an individual's personal circumstances and long-term goals.
"The biggest disadvantage to freelancing is a lack of benefits," he said. "Freelancers need to cope without a long-term pension plan, which may seriously affect some professionals' ability to save and secure financial independence." Michael Pilney shares that while the rewards for becoming a freelancer are many, there are still obstacles and challenges individuals must face.
lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he works out of his home as a full-time freelancer and professional critic. Pilney reviews movies, books and video games. He then submits work to local publications and major entertainment sites. Pilney launched his career from a private blog, and has since then created for himself a lucrative career. He enjoys helping aspiring freelancers start their careers.