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Date Added: March 14, 2017 01:57:13 PM
I used to work in an office. I used to wear a suit and a tie and deal with a very annoying boss every single day. But as I sat in my office, at my desk, I always thought to myself, "Do I really need to be here?" After all, I worked on a computer and everything I needed was processed through the internet. So, what was I doing in an office? Why did my employers need to go to the hassle of renting a building and setting up all of those offices when we could have done the job from home?Five years later I had taken that realization into my own business and every person I hired I did so online, telling them that for as long as they were working under me, they would be working from home.

The Freelancing Economy

At the time, what I did wasn't revolutionary as more businesses had started doing the same thing. From call centers to publishing houses, they had been offering their employees the chance to work from home. And for the most part, it worked.There are businesses that this doesn't always work for, admittedly, but those are the exceptions. Studies suggest that someone who works from home is more prone to procrastination and will also be less productive. In the past, that's what employers heard and it's the reason they insisted that their workers came into the office every morning.But they weren't hearing the full story. Yes they are less productive in the short term, but in the long term they are happier and healthier, which makes them infinitely more productive. What's more, the money lost through a lack of productivity during those early stages comes back tenfold when you take away the need for office space, rent, cleaning, maintenance and everything else that comes with maintaining an office space.The reason so many companies took the leap is out of necessity. Many smaller companies sprung up in major towns and cities. They couldn't afford the rent of big spaces and they didn't have any financial backing. They were faced with the prospect of "fail or freelance" and so they chose the latter. I was one of them, and I never looked back.

What it Means for Freelancers

From the perspective of an employee it gives them an opportunity to work on a full-time job while also keeping many their plates spinning. A friend of mine of a perfect example of this. He spent many years as a freelancer and even wrote a book, which has since helped countless others to follow in his footsteps (The Online Writer's Companion by PJ Aitken). He was a paid-up author who decided to use his free time to work as a freelance writer.In the early days, he would work for a lot of individual clients, people who wanted memoirs, blogs and other personal content written. Now he works with big businesses that operate around the world. These businesses include many big names that you will recognize, names that you assume work solely with in-house employees. But the truth is even they are turning to freelancers like my friend. If they have a short-term job to complete, they hire him with the knowledge that they only have to pay for his work, as opposed to hiring an employee who they have to train, provide with health insurance and then invite to their offices.As a result, my friend is able to command a bigger paycheck than he would from working in their offices, and he never even has to meet them in person. What's more, he can work with other companies while he is working with them. This is not an industry he has cornered either. He is just one of the many freelancers out there doing this.

How to Become a Freelancer

The first step to following in his footsteps is to acquire the skills. The aforementioned book can help you with that, but you can also learn about freelancing on sites like FreelanceWithUs. Once you're ready, you need to join Upwork or Guru and then start looking for work. It's as simple as that.This is a new world, a new economy, and those sites are your tickets to enter it.