Freelancing Is Easier To Get Into Now More Than Ever
The freelancing industry is growing like crazy. With the invention of smartphones, virtual tools and the need for companies to stay on top of rapid technological advances in the online world, freelancing has never been easier to get into and the demand is high.
It's Harder To Land That 9-5
Recently the idea of the traditional 9-5 job that you score out of university and work your way up the ladder has been severely shaken. Since 2009, more and more students in Canada and the US graduate feeling disillusioned, jobless and with a boat load of debt. That traditional career dream has been harder and harder to come by. Even, industries that have previously been solid bets (so long as you had the right education) like law and teaching are seeing hiring freezes.
Enter By Side Hustling
So you are young, unemployed, hungry and tech savvy by your birthright; what can you do? Answer: Look online and start a side hustle. Yup, that’s how most freelancers start. Desperate for something, they find postings for anything that fits under their skill set. Fortunately companies have been looking to hire for small projects, they have the hiring freezes yes, BUT a contract worker is much less of an investment. You may not be hired full time, but land a few projects and it will be equal to a full time job in no time.
Freelancing Is Available To More Industries
Industries that are particularly good for this are in the “tech” industries. I say this broadly because so many job titles can now be tech based. Thought you couldn’t do anything with that literature degree? Wrong!! Blogging and copywriting is highly in demand. What about that fine arts degree? Great! Your eye for aesthetic will merry perfectly with creating visual posts on social media. Any extra skills you might need can easily be found online. YouTube is full of tutorials. It’s a free education for skills that are in demand now. Graphic design, social media marketing, virtual assistants and any know how with websites and blogging are big time in demand.
I am living proof that freelancing is an industry where anyone can carve out a full time career if they have the desire. I decided to quit my job in the food industry as a caterer and event planner when I was expecting my first child. I knew I would need better work hourse with my weekends and holidays off. While I was on maternity leave I decided to try my hand at social media. I read everything about social media from Pinterest, I learned how to use Hootsuite, and Buffer then Sprout Social. I learned how to make a portfolio and built up my own social media. Then I focused on small businesses that were desperate for help. I started out dirt cheap then raised my rates and I got more skilled and took on bigger clients. I haven’t looked back since. I love my job, I work from home, all I need is a lap top, a smart phone and continue my education with social media (which I do with free podcasts on a daily basis). If I could do it, anyone could. Which is why this industry is continuing to grow so quickly.
The Dream Of Having Real Work Life Balance
Another big bonus about Freelancing is you can start anytime and from anywhere. Previously when jobs dried up in your city or industry you would have to do some major life changes, like pack up and move the whole family, enroll in night school for more education to gain new qualifications and skills etc. Not any more, which means it is easy to jump into.
If you are looking to change industries or in search of a job. Freelancing is an industry that it on the rise and has a place for you. To find freelancing jobs searching for freelance job posting sites like Sagegroupy.
Author: Tatiana Rivers- Freelance Blogger for Tati Rivs Social Media Marekting