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Have You Considered Independent Employment?

There is a rise in the U.S. of the independent worker and a decline in the number of full-time employees. This paradigm shift is making more and more of us into realists when it comes to looking for employment. Due to this shift, the chances of our having an employer who will manage our career path are becoming less likely.

"The fastest growing sector of the economy has become the flexible workforce, i.e. independent contractors, freelance workers, and individual consultants. Current estimates put the number of freelance workers at 53 million, or about 33% of the US Workforce- a number that is expected to grow to 50% by 2020." -BizShifts-Trends

Let’s take a look at two forms of independent employment that may be of benefit to you, your talents and circumstances: freelancing and contract employment.

  • The common values offered by these two opportunities are freedom and flexibility!
  • In addition, you must really enjoy the work that you will be doing and be willing to more actively manage time, money, and networks.
  • You must have a clear understanding of your knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to choose the independent employment path best suited for your “style.”
  • Freelancers must be more enterprising, want to work with small or medium companies or organizations, be self-starters, and already have a high potential for drawing in clients or customers.

    In comparison, if you need to get income quickly, you may want to research contracting work. With this opportunity, you don’t have to be as much of a self-starter; you will typically work onsite for a larger company, and the work will be more technical/scientific (less people-oriented).

    Both of these types of independent employment require a positive attitude and more self-management of matters such as time, benefits, and $$. Freelancing will also require management of your client flow.


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