Freelancing appeals to millions of people around the world and freelancers continue to take up a large proportion of the world’s global workforce with the percentage continues to grow. According to a presentation by Daniel J. Edelman Inc. in Australia alone in 2015, 4 million out of the 12.5 million civilian work forces (or 32%) are freelancers and moonlighters. Many other countries have experienced similar growth.
We can expect these numbers to rise as the years go forward, due to the obvious benefits of freelancing (like flexible work hours and minimal work expenses) and as businesses continue to move online and require more online manpower.
While there has been an influx of online jobs and non-traditional, remote work openings (thanks to the massive influence of technology, the internet, and social media), there’s this lingering issue of intense competition.
The online landscape is harsher than before, and hence is making it difficult for freelancers to land jobs and keep them. This is true also for Australian freelancers, not only for US-based freelancers and those competing from various parts of the world.
“Challenging” doesn’t even begin to describe the fierceness of the competition in freelancing.
Here’s why—specific examples of freelancing are implicit un-glamorous side:
We have chosen Australia because it is a good example of the need for remote location working opportunities. This is especially true in 2018 as at the time of writing, Australia has once in a generation drought.
While freelancing sounds intimidating, it is one of the best options individuals have today. Compared to traditional employment, most online workers have the liberty to choose their hours and workload and work closer to their families—which are (almost) never options for desk workers.
As for Australians, the growing number of freelancers suggests that despite the perils and the long-term uncertainty of freelancing, it is one of the best (almost instant) financial solutions for individuals having trouble finding traditional employment.
Especially for areas severely affected by the recent drought, regular employment prospects may be bleak. While there has been "widespread and significant rainfall" in some parts of New South Wales, Australian farmers still struggle coming back from the devastating drought that has plagued the area in the last months.
Despite the rain, the more bad news keeps pouring in—according to the government, 99.8% of the state is still in drought and conditions are expected to further escalate should the dry season persist.
Although the drought’s impact sounds mostly agricultural, this dry season also had severe repercussions on traditional employment. Since the dry spell has turned the east coast into a wasteland where nothing grows, there is also a massive livelihood loss for other types of contractors and produce and livestock-related businesses in the area.
Freelancing can provide an instant solution for individuals looking for ways to improve the supplementary farm income. Australians living in the drought-stricken regions who have suffered losses in employment can turn to freelancing for extra income, at least until everything hopefully returns to normal weather patterns. Long-term structural change in off-farm income support needs to occur.
However, whether Australian or not, if you want to embrace freelancing, you must be able to cope with international competition. We’ve established that the freelancing race is no walk in the park, you have to have a few tricks up your sleeve.
It’s a great time to be a freelancer given the direction the world economy and businesses are taking. More and more jobs are going virtual, hence creating the need for more online workers in the near future. However, since competition is more intense than ever, as a freelancer, you have to learn how to cope with international competition.
Whether you’re competing from Australia or any part of the world, as long as you have the talent, are serious about your career in freelancing, are dedicated, and excellent at what you do, you can be successful. We’ve shared some tips we believe can bring you success in freelancing, and what’s left for you to do now is to go ahead and try them out!
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