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The Freelance Revolution?

Sep 4, 2011, Article by Ben W., Posted in: Sunday Gossip

The Atlantic recently published a short article entitled “The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time” and I couldn’t agree more with their conclusions! The rise of the internet is creating easily accessible markets that are enabling people to become freelancers and regain control over their time and career destinies. The early adopters were web designers and programmers but you are starting to see lawyers and others in the non tech economy embrace this as a possibility.

WebPub was actually created because we want to create entire economies around the web apps (scripts) we support. Allowing freelancers to sell their designs, add-ons, and services directly to end users. We are really looking forward to exiting our beta soon and launching our marketplace :).

“It’s been called the Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, the Rise of the Creative Class, and the e-conomy, with the “e” standing for electronic, entrepreneurial, or perhaps eclectic. Everywhere we look, we can see the U.S. workforce undergoing a massive change. No longer do we work at the same company for 25 years, waiting for the gold watch, expecting the benefits and security that come with full-time employment…

Today, careers consist of piecing together various types of work, juggling multiple clients, learning to be marketing and accounting experts, and creating offices in bedrooms/coffee shops/coworking spaces. Independent workers abound. We call them freelancers, contractors, sole proprietors, consultants, temps, and the self-employed.”

If you are interested in reading more check out the article and all the comments it generated. The article also makes a call for better protections for the freelance industry and that is much needed in the USA. Viva la freelance revolution!

So, what do you think?

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