As a response to the earlier discussion on the usefulness of formal education for freelancers, a large number of people have commented on it. A feedback on the question posed to people about the number of years each had worked as a fulltime employee from the Global Responses Survey takes a central stage here in this platform in a bid to examine people and freelancing career further.
The statistics gathered from people as was reported by ‘’Freelance Confidential”, Rocable Press, showed the following figures of the reported period of time each of the responded had had worked as a full time employee. For 733 people still worked as full time employees, for over 7 years people who were still in full time employment were 713, 423 people worked between 4 to 7 years, 417 of people who responded in affirmation had worked between 2to4 years, yet 164 worked for between 1 and 2 years, while 543 confessed not to have worked earlier as full time employees.
It is thus clear that of 3,285 people who responded. 532 had never worked as fulltime employee which is quite a big number of pure freelancers.
The people making a switch to freelancing from full time employment form a central point of focus here. The interesting figure s of people wanting to be their own bosses case as a surprise since the earlier prediction was to have people who had not worked as employees was expected to be few. This being the case, an interest on the figures given by the freelance Confidential needs to be scrutinized further.
The comparison of the survey responses, showing differences between the people who were former employees and those whose career was only freelancing from the start show some common interesting characteristics as analyzed hereafter.
Both categories proved to be younger on average. This is an indication that shifting from employment to freelancing is just an emerging trend. The number of people being younger shows how the freelancing career is gaining interest of people by time. Hopefully, more and more are on their way to joining the group.
In America the number is evenly split. However in Europe and Asia there were many persons who are likely to have never worked for an employer. It therefore shows that freelancer as a full time career is a bit more popular in Asia and Europe.
The survey had also indicated that majority of the people who joined freelancing had gained knowledge about it through their main interest and had gotten it thanks to their own effort as opposed to being instructed through some organized career fair.
Many of the people in the list reported that they gained information about freelancing through new job leads and participating in competitions or contests. These were the main sources of information about freelancing for those who reportedly joined this career.
Majority of the people interviewed reported earning lower hourly rates and earned earnings out of their jobs. This is the response from people who were interviewed regarding their freelancing activities.
Many o9f the pure freelancers reported that they were interested of starting their freelancing business where they would have some employees. Their aim was thus to expand and have their own businesses.
On the other hand, the freelancers who reewppo0rtedly confessed to have earlier been employed elsewhere had also revealed some interesting characteristics as analyzed below.
The people reported to join freelancing from employed jobs were more likely to have had a university or college education. It shows that most of them were well learned and thus they knew much of what their task would be like.
The report also indicated that these people were either satisfied or very satisfied with their income from freelancing. This is a clear indication that it pays handsomely to be a freelancer. It is thus an area they would recommend others to venture into.
It is also clear from the survey that these people really got little free time since becoming freelancers. They seemed more occupied by their work than during their previous time. It is thus a career which makes people more committed and accountable to each and every time they have.
It however as a contrast from the above point that they reported to have more time with family members than they previously had. Despite being more occupied in their work, freelancing provided them the opportunity to be more close to their family members.
Finally, another characteristic shown by these people was that they reported to have a higher net income than before and would easily have access to health insurance and retirement plans. On how to influence your business, the reports showed varied reactions. What remains to be seen also is whether one should directly become a freelancer or first be employed before becoming a freelancer. That topic still needs further scrutiny.