There were 17.7 million independent workers in the U.S. in 2013, up 10% from 2011. The number is expected to climb to 24 million by 2018, according to MBO Partners.
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Check out freelance sites like www.guru.com and work sites like http://www.upwork.com and www.elance.com and TaskRabbit.com where you can register as a freelancer or search a wide variety of areas including design, consulting, writing, administrative support, sales, telemarketing, accounting and finance. Freelancers Union is a national non-profit organization which represents the needs and concerns of today’s independent workforce through advocacy, information and service. Freelancers Union offers health, life, disability and dental insurance, as well as discounts and other resources to freelancers, consultants, temps, part-timers and the self-employed.
http://freelancersunion.org/ One of the best sites to assist you get freelance work is Elance. Elance has been highly successful in attracting Internet Entrepreneurs and Small Business owners who want to outsource to Freelance Professionals.
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Freelancer.com connects entrepreneurs, small businesses and individuals with more than 14.1 million independent professionals globally. With approximately 10,000 jobs posted each day this site offers freelancers opportunities In fields as diverse as as software development, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering, the sciences, sales and marketing, accounting and legal services.
Some companies that serve freelancers are starting to offer access to insurance such as disability and liability insurance. The non-profit Freelancers Union in June of 2014 began offering liability and life insurance, along with other benefit products, tailored for its 240,000 dues-paying members.
More and more freelancers are having difficulty getting paid for their work. It is suggested that prior to accepting a job, you should search consumer complaint files and Websites lik www.RipoffReport.com and industry discussion boards to make sure the company does not have a history of late or non-payment.
Make sure to have the terms of your agreement, particularly when and how you are to be paid, spelled out in writing before you start the job. Penalties for late payment must be included in this document to protect yourself. If companies pay in 60, 90 or 120 days they often do not see this as a problem but it is a big time problem for the freelancer.
What to do if your payment is late:
Contact the person responsible for payment by phone. If this does not work send a revised invoice with the agreed upon fees or interest charges included. Your next step is to send a certified letter with the amount that is long overdue and your intention to take it to court.
Filing a complaint in small claims court should be initiated as a last resort.
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U.S. businesses will spend half a billion dollars hiring remote freelance workers in 2014.
"The growth is a clear indicator of a transition of work online," says Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance-oDesk.
The company's platform — which serves as a broker between companies that need skills and freelancers eager to supply them — sees 2.7 million freelance jobs posted a year. According to Elance-oDesk, the total earnings of freelancers have grown 50% compounded annually over the past five years.
From Rosati's perspective, so many businesses are hiring these workers because they need work done on demand, typically for a short stint. In those cases, a marketplace like Elance-oDesk becomes like the Amazon Prime for jobs. It's a win for both the employer, who can hire on an as-needed basis, and for the worker, who has flexibility of schedule and location.
What's more, freelancers with the right skills can earn a great living from the comfort of their homes, if the highest-paying freelance jobs are any indicator.
The wage numbers below come from the combined databases of Elance.com and oDesk.com, pulling from Jan. 1 to May 31 2014.