Employee or Freelancer?

Road sign "Employee-Freelancer" on the white background
Road sign “Employee-Freelancer” on the white background

Throughout the past years statistics have shown an increase on venturing the world of freelancing. This continues to grow and it’s estimated to reach very high percentages by 2020. Some studies indicate that more than 40% of US workforce will be freelancers.

Mindsets have changed. Traditionally, being self-employed meant not getting a ´real job´ and having to adapt to the uncertainty of inconsistent work and pay. Today we have incorporated the concept of home-based offices and it comes off as a natural option.

There are numerous reasons that explain this shift. To begin with, isn’t it common to hear that commuting is such a waste of time? Being stuck in traffic spending over 45 minutes going to work and then another 45 more coming back home is just too much time. (Not to mention those that need over an hour each way).

In addition, some people cannot adapt to being told when, where, how things must be done. They’d rather be their own boss and not have to follow instructions set by others. Also managing your schedule and determining which days you’ll work during what shifts is probably one of the biggest advantages freelancers experience.

Working on others premises and not agreeing to them has also been a number one reason for many people to consider working on their own. It’s hard to imagine having to spend so many hours of your day in an office working under rules and company policies that you disagree with or at times can even consider unethical.

Of course there are plenty more reasons that can be enumerated. The above are just some clear reasons that reflect why so many professionals have shown a freelance tendency in the past years and why this trend continues to grow.

Do you relate to them?

 

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