The Problem For Freelancers

from Seth’s Blog No clients, no work. And the clients have a problem as well: Figuring out who the truly good freelancers are. A marketplace like Upwork is supposed to solve a classic two-sided problem like this one. But the problem is so difficult that marketplaces often make it worse (and charge too much as well). They make it worse by pushing people to be bottom-fishing cheap commodity providers. If someone searches for ‘logo designer’, there is a huge amount of pressure to be the freelancer who checks all the boxes, has decent reviews and is also the cheapest. More […]

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The Online Gig Economy’s ‘Race to the Bottom’

from The Atlantic You can buy almost any thing you want online—toothpaste, books, plastic devices that allow you to lick your cat. On digital work platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com, you can also buy nearly any service—often from someone halfway around the world, sometimes for just a few bucks. On Fiverr, one of the most popular of these platforms, you’ll find offers for someone who will write an e-book “on any topic”; a person who will perform “a Voiceover as Bernie Sanders”; someone who will write your Tinder profile for you, and someone who will design a logo for […]

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Leveraging The Gig Economy The Right Way

from Forbes The rapid rise of the gig economy has been stunning. Companies like Lyft and Uber have achieved enormous valuations – and the growth continues to be robust. Of course, none of this would be possible without smartphones, cloud computing and even AI (Artificial Intelligence). All of these technologies have converged – leading to disruptive changes. To put things in perspective, about 35% of the US workforce and 16% of the entire population is a part of the gig economy.  Yet this should be no surprise as gig economy workers have the benefits of earning money on their own […]

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This Hot Trend Could Make Freelancing A Lot More Fun — And Meaningful

from Forbes Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems once noted, “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.” Today, more leaders are waking up to the fact that many of those smart people are freelancers and contractors — who work for themselves, according to the 2018 Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report “The Rise of the Social Enterprise.” And that could be good news for freelancers who wish their careers weren’t just a random set of assignments and yearn to work with clients who can connect them with meaningful projects that have a common thread. […]

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What Keeps Female Freelancers From Closing The Gender Pay Gap

from Forbes The gender pay gap remains a debated issue and is still a hotly contested matter within the freelance community as well. As I mentioned in a previous article, statistics are still lacking on gender pay discrepancy within many freelance niches, but what is known is this:  in those niches studied, the pay gap is high –– as much as 32%. A lot of this has to do with requirements for more transparency in salaries. What is surprising about all of this is that in the gig economy, freelancers set their own rates. So why are women setting rates that […]

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When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office

from NYTs On the far eastern edge of Miami’s Little Havana, beyond a tall black gate, sit four century-old wooden buildings made of strong Dade County pine, arranged around a courtyard with a pool. Letters on the frontmost building’s pale yellow facade identify it as the Miami River Inn. One of the city’s very first hotels, it was built in 1908 to house transient laborers working on the docks, back when Miami was still a frontier outpost of barely 5,000 people. Locals have long harbored a belief that the bottom floor of one house is haunted. At the time of […]

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53 Million Americans Are Freelancing, New Survey Finds

from Freelancers Union Freelancing is the new normal — and we have the numbers to prove it. More than 53 million Americans are doing freelance work, according to a new, landmark survey conducted by the independent research firm Edelman Berland and commissioned by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk. That’s 34 percent of the entire workforce. The old way of working isn’t working, More than 53 million workers are showing a new way — and tens of millions more will likely follow. The new economy is already here — and it’s driven by freelancers. More here.

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