The future of freelancing looks bright

Oct 23, 2015

One of the insights that I’ve gained working with the freelance community is that freelancers rarely agree. We’re an independent, diverse and opinionated bunch – and we aren’t afraid to speak up on everything from best business practices to political issues.

It’s always a healthy debate (freelancers aren’t much for tearing one another down), but there’s rarely a consensus.

Which is why I was pretty shocked when the Freelancing in America 2015 study came out and a whopping majority of freelancers agreed that they believe the best days are ahead for freelancers.

That’s right: 83% of independent workers think the best is still to come for this wildly diverse and enterprising workforce.

And why not? Just 2 weeks ago the President of the United States acknowledged us at the White House Summit on Worker Voice.

The #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign is sweeping the nation because, frankly, we’ve had enough of client nonpayment and we’re not a population that can just be swept under the rug.

Our numbers are growing and with them, our contributions to the nation. We’re innovators and entrepreneurs – and we work hard.

It’s only a matter of time before our representatives realize that empowering the freelance workforce will yield massive returns to the American economy.

So while we still face many hurdles – including client nonpayment, double taxation and lack of benefits – as a group, we’re feeling pretty strong and ready to take on the world. Are you with us?

Join the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign and show your support today!

A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about sustainability, community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.

Laura Murphy

A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture.