The traditional workforce is changing. Instead of permanent 9-to-5 jobs, many workers are opting for jobs that afford them more flexibility, greater independence, and significant financial potential. A study from ManpowerGroup, Gig Responsibly — The Rise of NextGen Work
, showed that 87% of workers are open to the idea of NextGen Work. In other words, more workers are looking for job opportunities offering telecommuting, remote work, or freelancing.This is apparent in the rise of the gig economy, a time when people look to supplement their income by participating in side gigs, or work with passive income. Businesses like Uber
lead the charge by allowing people to work on their own terms. These types of businesses have fueled independent workers, including women, seniors, and disabled individuals, who may find themselves in an unequal workforce environment.
Working from home can drive better results. A study by Stanford University found that people who work remotely are more productive
than those in a more traditional setting. It also found that those who work remotely are less likely to leave a company, resulting in a 50% decrease in attrition. According to the Freelancer’s Union, 57 million Americans freelanced in 2016
, representing 35% of the workforce.
However, to maintain the freedoms that a freelance job offers, you’ll need to know the scope of the work thoroughly: how to find jobs, clients, projects, and ultimately, how to start a business
if you want to set yourself up for success.