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Freelancing Really Is the New Global Economy

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RSS 04 November 2019
A new report from the world of freelance design shows that more and more freelance designers are choosing to live rurally and skip the daily commute. While it used to be the case that freelancers felt they needed to be located in big cities (availability for client meetings, good internet connection), 76% of the respondents of the global report by 99designs (a creative platform for designers and their clients), said they now felt no need to be in the big city to be bagging prime freelance working opportunities.

A new report from the world of freelance design shows that more and more freelance designers are choosing to live rurally and skip the daily commute. While it used to be the case that freelancers felt they needed to be located in big cities (availability for client meetings, good internet connection), 76% of the respondents of the global report by 99designs (a creative platform for designers and their clients), said they now felt no need to be in the big city to be bagging prime freelance working opportunities.

It seems that the internet has some uses after all. The survey also points to an opening up of a more global economy for freelance business, with 85% of workers working on projects outside of their own time zone. And the greater good of the internet doesn't end there. Of the 11,000 designers who were questioned, over half said that they learn new skills online and on the job. A huge 78% turn to YouTube when trying to learn new skills. Apparently, there's more to it than cute cat videos. Who knew?

And it's not just millennials who are leading the freelance revolution. Over 25% of the over 40's have been freelancing for over 20 years, proving that the cool stuff didn't just happen last week. Of the thousands of over 50's who work in freelance design, 25% are from the USA, which points to what we already know - America is still the hub of the freelance world and the country driving the freelance revolution.

While we love and appreciate the experience that age brings to freelance projects, millennials made up 61% of the survey respondents, which either means they are the bulk of freelance skill worldwide (likely), or that possibly the older ones just have better things to do than take surveys (also likely).

 

It's not all sunshine as a freelancer

 

The report does also highlight the less rosy side to freelancing - the constant struggle to find new clients, the race to the bottom pricing of some freelance job sites, issues with rate negotiations, payment collection and isolation from their peers are all issues that raise their familiar heads.

While our witty and engaging news items won't keep you warm at night or help with the 2am cold sweat when you wake up worrying where your next client is going to come from, we can help with some of those challenges. We can help match you with recruiters looking for freelancers, and fix you up with an umbrella company to take the pain out of chasing those payments. Sleep a little easier at night, knowing that your next great project (registering with us) is going to make your life just that little bit easier.

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