Freelancing has over the past few years become quite attractive in the United States. It has become so popular that it has overtaken regular office jobs and this is mostly because they do not require highly specialized skills yet they still pay well.
The freelance landscape was previously ruled by skilled freelancers who could negotiate their pay but things have changed. Majority of the freelancers operate in jobs that do not require high specialization. Most of them operate jobs such as food delivery, dog walking Uber and Lyft drivers among many other jobs. Most of those jobs have popped up mainly due to the advancements made in the mobile sector.
Freelance jobs are a vital part of the economy
Most of the freelance jobs currently available attract a lot of people because they do not require people to go for job interviews. Most of them do not require huge capital investment for people to start. These types of jobs are very important in the economy because they not only provide income opportunities for those without specialized skills but they also allow people to supplement their income. Uber is one of the disruptors that has achieved international penetration. The company has about 3.9 million drivers globally and a third of those drivers operate in the U.S.
Existing and upcoming challenges
The downsides to the freelance include the fact that wages or earnings are not consistent. The amount of cash that a food delivery person makes depends on the number of orders and deliveries and the Uber driver’s earnings depend on the number of riders. These factors are not constant and so earnings vary.
The freelance economy is one of the rapidly changing sectors which means that whatever is hot today might not be as appealing next year. For example, Uber drivers might lose their jobs soon when autonomous vehicles become the norm. It is also likely that deliveries will also be made autonomously in the future. All these are genuine concerns but there will likely be other opportunities in the future and such is the cycle of the technology industry. The onset of new technologies causes obsolesce but it also creates more opportunities.
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