By Lynne Gowers on 2nd July 2013

Freelancing: 4 Things That Make It A Popular Career Path

The number of freelancers has been growing at an impressive rate in recent years, which most observers attribute to the shortage of regular employment opportunities in a stagnant economy. Lately, there has been a tendency to glamorise the freelance lifestyle so people considering self-employment should also be aware of the challenges. Nevertheless, there are many advantages to embracing the life of an independent contractor and career expert Heather R. Huhman has singled out four of them.

In an article published on the Parade magazine website, Huhman starts by pointing out that freelancing is a great way to accumulate experience. It can be particularly helpful for young people joining the workforce, allowing them to build professional skills while generating income.

Huhman also lists a reason generally accepted as one of the greatest advantages of going it alone: flexibility. A growing number of people are looking to improve their work-life balance and a flexible schedule makes that possible. Flexibility is especially valued by Millennials, who often rate it above pay.

Freelancing also provides a way to grow a business locally or globally. A freelancer is not obliged to be in the office every day, which means that he or she can pursue more opportunities. Taking up a regular job may involve relocation but freelancing opens the door to opportunities all over the globe without even stepping outside.

Finally, freelancing creates excellent opportunities for building professional networks and expanding them. This is particularly valuable for people who are just starting their careers as they get the chance to demonstrate their abilities to a large pool of fellow professionals and potential clients, Huhman concludes.

Find out more about the UK’s Freelance workforce

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Written by Lynne Gowers
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