“Intuit projects that by 2020 40% of Americans will be freelancing, a study by the Freelancers Union found that 34% of the American workforce is already freelancing, and MBO Partners found that there are currently almost 18 million full-time independent workers today. Clearly something big is happening here and this trend […]
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There are many reasons that someone decides to become a “freelancer” ( I hate that word because it lumps unskilled labor, skilled and knowledge workers in to the same basket). in his article & video Jacob Morgan (@jacobm) asks Why does someone become a Freelancer? I thought I’d add my $.02 …
Jacob, these are all good points you make about the benefits of becoming a freelancer, but I think that you are dead on when you talk about the reason someone becomes a freelancer is because of some significant event in their life, either they got laid off, software ate their job or they could never find a job that suited them… usually because they were unwilling to relocate to where the jobs were. In my case it was 9/11. I was working in NYC on September 11th for a mega-financial institution in the tech division. Many of the executive IT from many of the financial services IT departments were at a conference at Windows of the World in Tower 1 when the attacks started I only made it as far as Times Square. The result, the IT departments were left leaderless and to compound things a few months later the company restructured and most of the IT division was laid off. So what I saw was some of the best and brightest laid off due to tragedy, corporate politics and opportunism.
All the wasted productivity and expertise tossed out made me feel there had to be a better way. We started experimenting with the on demand economy and after some successes and failures decided that the future was not to focus on the “gig economy” for all of the issues you see now; labor issues around categorizing workers and squeezing the freelancers on fees. Rather, we built an Expertise Marketplace called Zoondy to take the lost productivity and expertise of knowledge workers and put them in a peer-to-peer market to sell their expertise and experience to companies and individuals that need it.
So in the end it wasn’t just about becoming a freelancer to was about building an ecosystem that was designed to go far beyond gig workers and skilled tradesmen. A place where you would be comfortable selling YOUR expertise. I think that it is great that you leverage your time and energy by outsourcing your design work, laundry pick up and your assistant. But I would have to believe that you recognize that it will take different types of “talent” marketplaces (unkilled/gig, skilled and knowledge workers) if the economy is going to truly transition into its full potential in the #Futureofwork