Talent [R]evolution

Understanding the freelance workforce: Trends, implications, and strategies for success

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In this episode, Jon Younger, a leading authority on the freelance economy shares his valuable insights on the current state of the freelance workforce. Through our discussion, we delve into the benefits of incorporating freelancers into a blended workforce and provide practical tips for clients looking to establish successful collaborations with freelancers. In addition, we will explore the challenges faced by new freelancers in this rapidly evolving landscape and the role of platforms in supporting their success.

Freelance workforce roadmap and success strategies

Freelancing has become a popular way of working because it offers flexibility and opportunities. In uncertain times, companies are turning to freelancers more often, and Jon Younger has a lot to share about freelance workforce success strategies.

These strategies are like a roadmap for freelancers and companies. They include finding interesting work, making sure there’s a steady flow of appealing projects, getting help with the business side of freelancing, learning new skills for the future, and being part of an active freelance community.

For many new freelancers, the first year can be tough. They worry about having enough work and making a stable income. But after the first year, things often get better. They figure out how to handle the ups and downs, and they become more confident in their freelance career.

Some people are concerned about losing benefits like health insurance and retirement plans when they become freelancers. However, platforms like Outvise are working to provide freelancers with some of those benefits, like access to training and a supportive community.

Freelancers sometimes feel lonely because they work on their own. That’s why it’s crucial to build a strong community where freelancers can connect, collaborate, and support each other.

For companies, working with freelancers effectively means following six important steps. They need to have a clear plan for when and how to use freelancers. They should provide proper training and support for freelancers. Treating freelancers as part of the team and not outsiders is essential. Companies should also set boundaries on certain tasks and make sure to pay freelancers fairly and on time.

In the end, freelancing is a flexible and rewarding way of working. By applying freelance workforce success strategies and creating a supportive community, freelancers can have a successful and fulfilling career. Discover more episodes of Outvise Insights for valuable resources for freelancers and companies looking to thrive in the freelance world or visit Outvise and create a free account to explore opportunities in the freelance marketplace.

He is a distinguished figure in the realm of freelancing, celebrated as the "godfather of the freelance revolution." With a PhD from the University of Toronto and a career spanning 45 years, Jon is a prolific author, educator, and early-stage investor. He's been a lecturer at prestigious institutions such as the University of Michigan, the Indian School of Business, and the Copenhagen School of Business and is known for co-authoring books like "Agile Talent" and "HR From the Outside In." He's an expert-in-residence at Catalant, an advisory board member for various startups, and a Venture Partner at Big Sky Capital VC. Jon's mission is to expand and champion the freelance revolution globally, collaborating with marketplace leaders in Spain, the UK, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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