Happy National Freelancers Day - the fixture in the calendar where freelancers all around the UK celebrate independence, together. Goodness it’s come back around quick hasn't it?
Freelancing and contracting has continued it’s assault on the UK - growing in popularity, population and influence across a massive range of professions, among young and experienced men and women of all ages.
With just under 2million freelancers, contractors and interims in the UK, this way of working is quickly evolving into the new way of working.
"It’s simple to see why 120,000 people each year choose to take the leap of faith, and begin their freelancing adventure."
After all, where else are you going to find real freedom, a world of choice and complete control over how you work, when you work and the people you work alongside?
To describe freelancing and contracting simply as a way of working probably doesn’t do it justice either. It’s a way of life. And it’s the flexibility and empowering lifestyle that this way of working brings with it that’s seen as the biggest attraction.
Work anytime, anywhere. Make the most of life and your career on your terms and find your perfect worklife balance. Better earning potential sits secondary in terms of importance - a welcome breath of fresh air.
And the reputation and value of UK’s freelancing family is growing at a rate of knots. Once described by the Prime Minister as ‘the engine of the economy’, government and business understand just how important freelancers and contractors are.
"That 92% of business leaders in the UK reckon freelancers add value to the economy says it all. 85% of the very same business leaders stated that freelancers and contractors add value to their companies too."
From unfamiliar outsiders operating in the peripheral, these guys are now vital components, key to growth, and central to success. That’s worth a celebration any day.
In this new world of work, freelancers are available at the touch of a button, and on-demand. The incredible digital revolution has enabled freelancers and contractors to unite with clients instantly. The independent workforce might as well be called the on-demand workforce. On call 24/7, ready to swoop in and expertly take on a project, manage a crisis and offer words of wisdom to ready to listen clients. In other words, freelancers and contractors get stuff done quickly, skilfully and in a way that’s usually much more convenient.
If you’re in the mood for a party this National Freelancers Day, how about raising a glass to the fact that more and more people around the world are joining the freelancing ranks.
"The arrival of the independent workforce isn’t a revolution contained to the UK by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a worldwide phenomenon."
Across Europe, the number of independent professionals rocketed by 45% between 2004 and 2013. Even further afield, there are over 53million freelancers - that’s more than one in three U.S workers. There’s been a huge change in the way people around the world approach work, and freelancing sits right at the centre of it. This way of working isn’t just the new way of working, it’s the future way of working too.
So, this National Freelancers Day, why not raise a glass, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back and for one day, and one day only, bask in the glory of making the glorious decision to work this way.