Growing demand for freelance work, survey shows

Sep 8, 2014

Is it a good time to be a freelancer? If you’re hoping to take on more work in the future, that answer is yes.

According to the national independent survey we commissioned with Elance-oDesk, more than one in three freelancers thinks that they’ll be getting more work and more money in the next year.

Of the 5,000 freelancers surveyed, 32% say that they’ve seen demand for their services increase in the past year. That’s more than double the 15% of freelancers who said that demand for their services has decreased.

In addition, 38% of the independent workers surveyed said that they expect to work more hours next year, while only 12% of freelancers anticipated fewer hours. Mo’ work does not equal mo’ problems for these freelancers however – 97% of that subgroup said that working more hours is “a good thing.”

Luckily, there’s an estimated pay increase along with those extra hours. 43% freelancers said they expect their income to increase in the coming year, in comparison to 11% who thought that their income would decrease. There’s other evidence to support this idea as well; wrote about the rise of freelance pay this spring.

These freelancers’ optimism and shared experiences are a good indication that there’s unmet demand for freelance work right now – and that opportunities for freelance work are on the rise.

Freelancers, do you agree? Will you be taking on more freelance work in 2015?

Antonia Blair likes all things related to art, design, and tech. Follow her on Twitter @AntoniaBlairArt