By 2020 43 per cent of workers are expected to be freelancers, embracing the gig economy – How can you be sure to make it work for you?
There is a lot of upside to being your own boss, and more and more people are finding this out by taking the plunge. Today 34 per cent of workers in the U.S. are freelancers, and this figure is projected to reach 43 per cent by 2020.
What’s making this lifestyle so attractive? When you are your own boss you can choose which projects to work on and reject any projects you don’t want to do. You can choose what hours to work, where to work, and how to work. You can even take your work with you to the beach and enjoy a vacation without getting too far behind.
But there are some drawbacks- you are responsible for getting clients, paying taxes, and health insurance and retirement. In order to keep ahead:
- Market yourself like a company
- Keep your portfolio up to date
- Maintain your website and social media presence
- Network with previous clients so you can get repeat business and referrals.