Thinking about skipping out on your 9-to-5 in favor of becoming a freelancer? There are a few key factors to weigh out before making the decision.
Our friends at JESS3 teamed up with 24 Seven to create this infographic that rounds up the opinions of freelancers who participated in their 2012 Salary Survey & Job Market Report. Overall, freelancers seem pretty happy with the career move.
The majority left their traditional employment in search of freedom and flexibility. Apparently, being worry-free isn’t a part of that package; freelancers’ top concerns are about staying professionally relevant, meeting deadlines and their lack of a clear direction.
The good news is that according to the study, the longer you freelance, the happier you’ll be beating to your own drum. While new freelancers said they’d be very likely to accept traditional employment in the first year (8.2 on a 10-point scale), seasoned freelancers of 10 years or longer reported a 6.1/10 likelihood. That could have something to do with the fact that 55% of freelancers are expecting a salary increase in 2012 (only 13% are expecting a decrease). Not bad, not bad at all.
Check out the full breakdown below. Are you a freelancer? Have any hot tips for people considering the switch? Tell us about it in the comments.
Source: Mashable.com, Jess3, 24seven
August 21, 2012 in Business, Infographic, Life, Lifestyle, People, Small Business
Tagged Employment, Flexibility, Freedom, Freelancer, Jobs, Salary
There are 42 million freelancers in the U.S. alone. Although the beauty of being a part of this large group is that you can call your own shots — from having a flexible schedule to picking the best workspace for your style — juggling multiple projects at once is no easy task.
With so many tech tools and apps on the market that promise to get work-life balance in order, software and app recommendations company BestVendor polled 100 freelancers and put together an infographic of some of the most favored apps used by the group.
It’s no surprise that freelancers tend to rely on cloud-based apps, which allow flexibility in storing and grabbing files on the go. Among the top 25 apps on the list include Dropbox, Google Analytics, Gmail, Evernote and Hootsuite.
Meanwhile, some emerging favorites include expense report app Expensify, to-do list app Remember the Milk and Jing, which captures and shares anything you see on a computer screen as an image or short video.
For a full look at which tools are top of mind among freelancers, check out the list below.
What are some of your favorite work-related apps? Share them in the comments below.
Source: Mashable.com, BestVendor
August 21, 2012 in Business, Infographic, Lifestyle, Small Business, Technology
Tagged Apps, Dropbox, Evernote, Freelancer, Hootsuite, Software, Technology, Tools, Work-Life-Balance
Let’s get one thing straight: Freelancing is not easy. While it offers fantastic benefits — flexible hours, more control and creative independence — there are still plenty of risks involved with striking out on your own and running your own business. And while the economy struggles to recover, freelancing poses pitfalls.
According to the infographic below, compiled with information from MastersDegree.net, a surprising 80% of freelancers have dealt with a client who ultimately didn’t pay for work that was completed. Average losses totaled $6,000 — quite a hefty chunk of change to lose…Read More
Source: Mashable.com, MastersDegree.net
June 4, 2012 in Business, Economy, Infographic, Life, Lifestyle, People, Politics
Tagged Contract, Economy, Freelancer, Freelancing, Infographic, Pitfalls, Workforce