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Top Reasons To Go Freelance

Blog May 31, 2017

With each passing year the gig economy is continuing to boom, as more people turn to freelancing on both a full-time and part-time basis. In 2016 alone, 55 million people reported that they engaged in some type of freelance work. Additionally, 81% of traditional workers reported that they’d be willing to freelance on the side.

As even more industries adapt to the freelancing world, the surging popularity of the gig economy shows no signs of slowing down. So what is it about the gig economy that is attracting so many people across so many industries? Here are a few key benefits:

Flexibility

Traditional workers are ditching the typical 9-to-5 workday for one filled with flexibility. As a freelancer, work hours are much more adjustable than what we’ve come to expect from a job. Rather than having to show up at an office at a specific time, freelancers can make their own schedules and base their hours on things like personal preference and productivity habits.

Freedom

Most freelancers are their own boss, meaning they have the freedom to control key aspects of their work lives. In addition to setting their own hours, freelancers can also dictate their own workload. If you’re feeling particularly productive one month, you can choose to take on more projects. Alternatively, if you’re plate is too full, you’re free to pass on job opportunities.

Passion

One of the largest benefits of freelancing is that it allows workers to pursue their true passions.  The freedom and flexibility of the gig economy lets anyone earn a living using their hobbies or talents. Have a passion for helping people? Pursue a career as a counsellor and get paid for it. Are you a dog lover? Earn money by offering your services as a dog walker or pet sitter. No matter what your passion is, freelancing helps ensure you’re always doing the things you love—even while working.

Interested in entering the gig economy? Humans.net is the perfect platform to showcase your skills and expertise and connect with clients. Browse through our Humans Network of skilled service providers to see some amazing examples of everyday people making the most of the benefits that freelancing affords.