4 Reasons to Start Looking For a Freelance Job
More employers are continuing to do more with less, which is not necessarily great news for job seekers. If you’ve been looking for a job for a while, you probably realize that the traditional job market is still tight. The good news, though, is that growth of online workers (consisting of independent workers, freelancers, and contractors who work remotely) actually doubled in the first quarter of 2012.
Are you a veteran searching for a new job? Have you been unemployed long-term and can’t seem to find any opportunities using your skills? Listen up: freelancing might be your solution. Here are several reasons why:
1. Ability to work outside of your local area
Job seekers hoping to land a job in their local area can experience immense amounts of stress, particularly if the area they live in has a small amount of openings in their industry. Many job candidates simply cannot afford to move across the country for a job, particularly if they’ve been unemployed for several months. By freelancing or working virtually, you’re able to work for a company located anywhere in the country — or even the world. This opens up tons of opportunities when you take away the stipulation of location…and is a great way to grow your professional network beyond your particular area.
2. Employers are hiring independent workers
Hiring someone to work virtually is easier and more cost-efficient than bringing on a job candidate full-time. Not only does hiring a freelancer allow them to lower their overhead costs and pay per project, but it also allows them to hire the best talent without restriction on location. In fact, by 2020, Elance predicts that more than half of the workforce in the U.S. will be independent.
3. Reclaim work-life balance
Most projects you work on as a freelancer can be completed on your own time. For instance, if you’re a night owl, you can work on your tasks late at night instead of the traditional 9-to-5 schedule you’d experience at other jobs. Virtual work can also help you make time for other commitments, such as school, family, or hobbies.
4. It’s not just for marketers anymore
If you have skills in video production, video/audio editing, writing, blogging, research, design, or something similar, it’s quite likely that you could work as a freelancer — and that employers are actively looking for someone like you to fill their virtual positions.
What do you think? Would you work as a freelancer? Why or why not?
Sean Weinberg is the COO and co-founder of RezScore,a free web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes – instantly. Also the founder of Freedom Resumes, Sean has dedicated his career to helping job seekers write the best possible resumes.
By Sean Weinberg