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5 Great Reasons To Hire In The Gig Economy

In our previous article, we wrote about pitfalls to avoid while working as a freelancer. And today we will talk about the advantages of the gig economy. 

There’s no question that the future of work is heading in the right direction with gig workers. And you know us, we are the big supporters of freelancers: from digital marketers to dog walkers, to yoga instructors to garden landscapers and language coaches! So we wanted to talk about the 5 great reasons to hire in the gig economy:

  1. It Saves Time

Business owners spend many hours posting jobs, sifting through resumes, vetting candidates, and interviewing, but thanks to the gig economy, new technology provides business owners an easier way to hire by selecting on-demand workers from a large pool of talented candidates.

  1. It Saves Money

Business owners spend a lot of money onboarding new hires, sending out and processing paperwork, various costs associated with welcome packs and contracts, etc. Because working with on-demand workers means onboarding!

So, how much can you save from onboarding? According to the human resources consultancy, HR Onboard, it costs about $400 to onboard each new employee.

  1. Lower Company Costs

Hiring gig workers can reduce overhead costs for business owners. Forbes reports that the cost of benefits alone makes up for more than 31% of the average employee’s total compensation package. 

  1. Access Global Skills

One of the disadvantages of having full-time staff is the need for them to be physically in the office, even if their job can be done from anywhere in the world. That will decrease the number of talents you can choose from. Hiring a freelancer online will give you access to a global skill pool that you normally would not have the opportunity to work with.

  1. Specialized Skills

Gig workers usually specialize in specific skills such as coding, programming, designing, or writing, etc. So what you get are experts in their own fields. And hiring freelancers allows you to compare their portfolios and works before deciding on the best talent. 

These 5 points may seem really simple, but they make a huge advantage. They will help you find the best talent with less time and money. 

At Surejobz, we are big believers in the power and possibilities in the freelance world. We are here to support and grow the Gig Economy. We want to give all you freelancers (and aspiring freelancers) access to knowledge and resources that can help get you noticed and get you the gigs to build your financial success. You are welcome to reach out to us for tips and advice. We are here to help!

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3 Pitfalls To Avoid As a Freelancer

In our previous article, we wrote about why freelancing is a great way to build your career and financial future. In case you hadn’t noticed, we are huge fans of the Gig Economy and we support all kinds of freelancers: from digital marketers, to dog walkers, yoga instructors to garden landscapers and language coaches!

You name it!

But let’s be honest… there are risks involved. The biggest difference between freelancing and being employed is that there is less of a safety net for you. Let’s face it, as an employee you probably had off-days here and there, when you weren’t at your best, and that was okay as long as you performed well over time. 

As a freelancer, there’s a lot less slack. You have to deliver your best every time. Every day. Or else you can lose a customer. You can get bad ratings. And that matters a lot!

So we wanted to talk about the common pitfalls that creep into freelancing world and how to avoid them so that you are super successful:

  1. Time Management

When first starting out it can be hard to try to estimate how long a job will take. You need some experience to develop your time management.

Schedule your days so that you don’t get stressed about too many deliverables in one day.

Don’t forget to set aside at least one, preferably two days a week to do no work. You should not work overtime.

  1. Lack of Professional Attitude

Freelancing doesn’t mean to work with your PJs. So, you need a professional attitude. Get dressed and get ready for the day. 

Get a dedicated work area. Always work in there, not in bed!

Make a working schedule. At a minimum, 3 hours like 9 am — 12 pm. Whatever works for you. 

  1. Communication Failures

You may like to communicate via email or message. But this can also create misunderstanding.

Jumping on a quick call is a safer option other than confusing emails or messages back and forth. It’ll help break the ice and will get the answers to your questions faster, and more efficiently.

These 3 points may seem really simple, but they make a huge difference. They will help you get into your professional freelancer groove, develop good habits and make them stick. They will create a great impression in the market, so that 1 gig leads to a repeat customer, who then becomes your raving fan. 

And when you have raving fans, then you’ve made it to the top! 

At Surejobz App, we are big believers in the power and possibilities in the freelance world. We are here to support and grow the Gig Economy. We want to give all you freelancers (and aspiring freelancers) access to knowledge and resources that can help get you noticed and get you the gigs to build your financial success. You are welcome to reach out to us for tips and advice. We are here for you!

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5 Reasons To Build Your Future As a Freelancer

We live in a time of constant change. The rate of change in this past year alone is massively higher than in the past few years combined. For almost everyone, how we Live, Work and Play has been impacted.

There are many positives to these changes, it’s not all doom and gloom. Many people are seeing new opportunities opening up in front of them. 

This is good news… because the sad reality is that millions of people have had unexpected job losses. Job loss means loss of income, for some that means a challenge to provide for families and a whole host of other problems. 

This reinforces the fact that there is a risk on relying on someone else / an employer for your job security. Generations ago, having a good full-time job meant that you had safety. Now, our view of this is changing. Having 1 job that can be lost because of a corporate decision, budget cut, economic downturn or lock-down, is a risk. 

For all of these reasons, we see the rise in the freelance community. People are realising that there is safety in being in charge of your own destiny, in setting up multiple income streams and being able to work flexibly. 

Being a freelancer may be the most secure way to build your future and financial security. Here are just 5 good reasons why we think that freelancing is the way to go: 

  1. Be Your Own Boss

The most common reason for starting out as a freelancer is the ability to be your own boss. You don’t have to work with a control-freak manager, you don’t have to be clocked in and out of the office or you don’t have to get told off for being late. You are the master of your own work, and that is a great way to feel free.

  1. You’re Free To Work Anywhere

You’re a business owner. You dictate where you work as long as the job gets done. Your clients pay for your work, and it’s not their decision where you work.

  1. You Choose The Projects You Want To Work On

If you’re a web developer and you hate working on food company websites, you don’t have to. If you’re a copywriter and never want to write about shoe ads, you don’t have to. Employees have to work on projects their boss assigns them. Freelancers choose their own projects based on their expertise and passion. 

  1. You Choose The Clients You Work With

The client had sent you a document to ask you to change the position of a comma. The fact that moving the comma herself would take less time…very unfortunate.

Freelancers don’t have to work with people who annoy them. They are free to choose the people with whom they work.

  1. You Never Have To Do Unpaid Overtime Again

Companies tell you that salaried employees are expected to hand over their free time for no compensation because they’re salaried…That’s not part of the freelancing life. If you’re working, you’re earning. You charge clients for work, and you don’t work unless you’re getting paid.

At Surejobz, we are big believers in the power and possibilities in the freelance world. We are here to support and grow the Gig Economy. We want to give all you freelancers (and aspiring freelancers) access to knowledge and resources that can help get you noticed and get you the gigs to build your financial success. You are welcome to reach out to us for tips and advice. We are here for you!