Business insider recently published “40 Percent Of Americans Will Be Freelancers By 2020” by Vivian Vance. This shows a huge increase, which is why you need to understand the different life stages of freelancing:
The Business Beginner – The business beginner typically doesn’t have a traditional employment background as a professional, although they may have worked seasonal and part-time jobs in addition to their freelancing work. Often, they are driven to freelancing by the lack of opportunity in their chosen field. Or they may just have an entrepreneurial spirit.
The Flexible Freelancer – I call the freelancer in this stage of life the flexible freelancer, not because they are flexible themselves–but because they need a flexible work arrangement. Their search for work/life balance is the primary reason that they turned to freelancing.
The Second Career Pro – A final life stage that is attracting a lot of freelancers, is the pre-retirement or early retirement years. These freelancers have already had a full career, either in their field or in another area.
There are unique advantages and challenges at every stage of life for all freelancers. Do you know which stage is right for you?