Freelancers work across all sectors, from HR to IT, graphic design to engineering, at every corporate level – from the boardroom down.
Freelancers bring flexibility, to help clients manage risk and to unlock innovation and talent.
Freelancers bolster expertise and improve speed to market.
A report by Professor Andrew Burke ‘The Role of Freelancers in the 21st Century British Economy’ shows that freelancers play a pivotal role in the economy. They are sources of and conduits for entrepreneurialism and the benefits of using freelancers are being reaped by all types of business, from multinational corporations to SMEs. Freelancers enable innovation which helps businesses grow and in turn drives the economy.
There are plenty of attractive points of being to leave behind their traditional office-based role in favour of forging a successful career in the freelance contractor industry.
For many, the main reason behind such a career switch is the fact that using their specialist skills as a freelancer provides them with an opportunity to be their own boss.
Carol Wilson, managing director of Performance Coach Training, said the thrill of control is one of the biggest benefits of becoming a freelancer, as while individuals may be working all hours of the day to meet the demands of clients, they know that it is their own choice to do so.
“The most frustrating thing I found about working for someone else was the expectation of putting in eight hours, five days a week. On top of that, you would be expected to rise to the occasion if overtime was called for, but never to work less hours during slack times,” she commented.