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Are You Ready for the Freelance Revolution?

17. September 2014 08:00

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In sports, talented athletes look forward to the day they become free agents. They can shop their services around to the highest bidder or look for the best "working" environment. A certain basketball player, Lebron James – maybe you've heard of him – recently did that very thing.

In many ways, freelancers are the business-world equivalent of professional athlete free agents. This is especially true today when a lot of very talented businessmen and women have lost full-time corporate employment.

Freelancers are American's fastest growing workforce. And according a survey released by Freelancers Union, almost 90 percent of freelancers say they would keep their independence even if offered a full-time job.

Maybe this speaks to the desire to maintain a healthy work-life balance. But the benefits of freelance work don’t stop there. Freelance professionals enjoy…

The freelancing boom can be traced back to a "perfect storm" of telecommuting meets the Great Recession. We know that recessions always give a boost to the number of small business startups, so when the last one hit – after the Internet had made telecommuting effective and efficient – everything was in place to create a bumper crop of solopreneurs. (For more, read, “Temps Are Making a Comeback. Are They Right for Your Business?”)

The question today is: are you thinking about joining this revolution? If so, here are a few tips to help you start strong:

One of the promises of the Internet was that it would liberate and empower individuals. The move toward freelance employment is one tangible measure that at least some of the Web's promise is being fulfilled.

Susan Solovic is THE Small Business Expert. In addition to her work guiding small businesses, Susan is a NYT bestselling author, media personality, keynote speaker, and former ABC News small biz contributor. Follow her on Twitter, or visit her website,

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