Finding Work In The Freelance Economy
The Freelance Economy, also known as the Gig Economy, is based on the idea of allowing companies who need a specific job done to hire self-employed workers temporarily, rather than giving their own employees a permanent position. The Gig Economy is hard to break into without a job-finding company or union to speak for you. You need to be able to handle changing job criteria that full-time employees may not have to deal with, as well as a host of unique challenges.
Be Willing To Change Jobs, Goals, And How You Work Frequently
The first thing you need to work in a Freelance Economy is adaptability. Because companies hire freelancers for individual jobs, you will not have a stable position and may be asked to leave a job early or switch to a new project. Unlike a full-time employee, the goals you must achieve during each new job can change, so you need to be a Jack of All Trades and Master of None, or at least be willing to apply your mastery of a particular line of work in different ways each time. A great advantage however, is that most freelance positions pay once a week, so you’ll have a stable and frequent weekly income.
Having The Basics Covered Can Reflect Well In Interviews
It is beneficial to have some capital or financial backing when trying to find work in the Freelance Economy. Almost no freelance positions offer benefits of any kind, so you should consider creating savings in case it takes you some time to find a position, you require medical care, or so on. On the other hand, good management of your personal finances, and staying informed about new technologies in your field while freelancing, both reflect well in a job interview.
It Is Difficult To Break In On Your Own; Get References
The most useful thing you can have in the Freelance Economy is membership in an employment union or job-finding company. Because in the Freelance Economy employees rarely have the same employer for long, references can be hard to come by. To that end, many employers now rely heavily on job-matching companies to help find the right employees for a gig. True freelancers, ironically, are far less likely to receive a job than one with a job-matching company.
Some of the fundamentals of finding work in the gig economy are the same as normal employment; a good resume, strong references, and a history of hard work will all help. But in the Freelance Economy, job sourcing companies often have the final say, so we recommend getting a membership with one. It also falls on you to stay informed about
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