With all that’s been going on lately remote work has become the new norm for many folks and I for one think this is super!
I’ve been a Freelancer since 2007, back when I started, it was referred to as virtual assisting and it had been in existence for about at least five years and companies were starting to see the benefits of hiring remotely. It still was hard for me to convince a business of all the benefits they’d realize by hiring me at my hourly rate over even having a high school person come in for $7.00 an hour. But it worked and I did well.
My industry has been growing at quite a steady rate and in an article published by Nasdaq in June of 2017, it stated that “In 2016 nearly 53 million Americans were freelancers, that’s 34% of the workforce!” That same article went on to say that “Projections show that by 2020 43% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.”
A Forbes article dated October 2017 “Are We Ready For A Workforce That is 50% Freelance?” This article went on to report that “If freelancing continues to grow at its current rate, the majority of U.S. workers will be freelancing by 2027.” The article went on to mention a survey that was taken by the Freelancers Union and the “giant freelance platform Upwork” and it found that in ten years 50.9% of the U.S. populations would be freelancers, especially if the current growth rate continues! Woohoo! I get so excited by this since, to me freelancing is the way to go. I mean we’re always going to need on site workers for certain jobs, but people are seeing far too many benefits of freelancing for the most part.
So many benefits to speak of that I may need to write a separate post about just that🙂. As I stated at the beginning, many “bennies” to the business/company but, in my eyes an even greater one for the freelancer!
Now that we have this Covid stuff going on and people have suddenly been thrust into remote working, I find it so amazing how quick and smoothly it’s all running. I have to laugh cause I think that perhaps even the companies themselves are scratching their heads and saying “wow this way really works! And if most people are anything like I was back in 2007 (when I was running a real estate office from home since I was sick for a week) once you get a taste for this, you don’t want to go back to the office! I was home sick, but I could still get my work done in between resting and taking care of myself and the office ran smooth as always.
That’s when I decided there has to be a way I can do what I do, from home and get paid for it. I started doing all my research and found out that there is in fact a budding industry of this out there! That was it, the bug bit me, I liked it and well the rest is history.
One important factor is that in 2007, since virtual assistance, working remotely, off-site, freelance, whatever you call it was fairly newish there wasn’t a lot of true training and help on really getting started from the thought in your mind to full start up. At that time, it was also more of earning money at what you know how to do, trainings on new skills etc were really not available and any kind of “coaching or advice” always came with a price. In all honesty I will admit I spent and wasted a lot of money back then trying to learn more about my industry and what to do.
Enter in a young couple, Kelly and Craig Cannings that shortly thereafter started Virtual Assistant University which provided everything, and I mean every thing that someone looking to freelance needs to know and learn about. To me the tools they offer are unsurpassed and a necessity if you’re looking to go solo and become a digital nomad. From providing a free toolkit that even asks if this is the right “job” for you to trainings done on your own schedule that not only help improve what your current skills are, but give the opportunity to learn other skills that maybe you want to try, venture into and offer clients. The in-demand work out there is un-ending, and there’s more than enough to go around. We’ve watched an industry go from being primarily admin/secretarial work, accounting or even a sometimes niché market of REVA’s (real estate virtual assistants) to being pretty much anything! Event planning, coaching, consulting, social media, copy-write, various types of media and the list just goes on and on. Virtual Assistant University rebranded last year to a cool fresh new look (that definitely keeps up with the industry) to Freelance University or Free U as we in the community like to call it, and each year provides a list of the added skills in demand and its constantly growing!
From what we’re seeing with all that’s going on right now, the freelance way of life is just going to explode with either the temporary situation becoming permanent and/or workers realizing they can in fact work from home. Funny, even the term “work from home” has turned into “work from WiFi. Another plus is there’s no competition and no shortage of work available as a freelancer!
So if you’re reading this and you decide to embrace the digital nomad lifestyle or become a freelancer….one filled with much more reward and less stress…in my opinion, I strongly urge to connect with Freelance University as I would say this is the first place to start to find out if this is even right for you and to me what FreeU offers is priceless and a definite must for anyone considering or even currently freelancing. With it comes a Facebook community that is a wealth of information and even comfort at times. Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to learn more.
Have an outstanding day and keep smiling…..it makes people wonder what you’re up to 🙂 Follow me on Instagram and Facebook and feel free to leave comments. I personally read and answer all comments.…….Cindy