Freelancing has been a rising trend for the last ten years, for a variety of reasons. First of all, in today’s economy businesses are frequently turning to freelancers to cut operating costs. Instead of having a full-time employee on your payroll, a company can hire a part-time freelancer to fill a certain need, and then when they are no longer needed they can send them on their way. There is no requirement to pay social security, unemployment, or healthcare benefits. However, freelancing is more common than ever before because of advacnes in technology, mostly from the predominance of the Internet.
Communication around the world has never been as simple as it is today. For today’s modern freelancer, finding good jobs is as simple as going to the right websites. There are literally thousands of sites whose main purpose is linking companies and freelancers. All you have to do is post your profile, with relevant work experience and examples, and you are on your way. When you have applied for jobs and have gotten responses, the next big benefit of Internet technology comes into play. Freelancers have to do interviews like everyone else, and videophone technology allows both parties to get a better idea of each other. Sure, talking with someone on the phone can give you a feel for the person, but if you can see them in the flesh you can have a much more personal connection.
New technology can be cheaper in a lot of ways. Skype is a great example of Internet technology that has paid big dividends for freelancers. In addition to interviews, Skype can be used to keep in contact with employers for little or not cost. All those hugely exorbitant long-distance bill are a thing of the past. The money that freelancers would have spent on phone bills can go to investing in other things.
The advances of the last few years have made personal computers and laptops extremely affordable. This can be very beneficial for freelancers’ bottom line. You no longer have to break the bank to have a fast computer. Keeping good records is also essential, and there is quite a bit of new technology out there to help freelancers and the people who hire them.
It is a brave new (and smaller) world, and freelancers are taking advantage of this fact to give themselves the best opportunities to find and continue work. Freelancers who refuse to adapt and utilize this technology are destined for failure.