Millennials that have recently entered the workforce may witness a change in the way labor is organized. Many of the new workers, generally from their early 20's to early 30's, value flexibility and meaning in their work over pay and benefits, according to a study by Morley Winograd and Dr. Michael Hais. As a result, freelance positions are becoming a more reasonable and agreeable option for both employers and the workforce.
Rather than traditional jobs, in which a full-time employee shows up to work at nine in the morning, leaves at five in the evening, five days a week, with a week or two of allotted vacation time, freelancers work on an as-needed basis. Some jobs hire freelancers as part-time workers that may develop into full-time, and some jobs need a freelancer for one task and that's it. Freelancers often take on as much responsibility as necessary for them to make the money they need, and they can choose companies they feel positively about.
Rewards on the business end
For startups and small businesses, hiring freelancers makes enormous sense. The risk of hiring the wrong person is mitigated because a freelancer has fewer ties to the company. They are not salaried, they don't receive benefits and they are often temporary. Plus, the company can be confident of a quality performance because freelancers usually won't apply for a job unless it is one they have interest in or the skill for. Frequently, creative types become freelancers so they can apply their craft in a professional setting.
Keeping up with the times
More and more companies realize that working with freelancers makes sense. According to Forbes, over the last 12 months, freelancing continued to rise even as the economy recovered. This is the first time economic growth and freelancing have not had an inverse relationship – typically, full-time job growth meant fewer freelance jobs. This means that more Americans prefer to work on their own terms rather than tethering themselves to a full-time position. Plus, with the proliferation of mobile devices, working remotely, and working non-traditional hours, freelancers are the more logical choice.
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