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IT Freelancing: 11 Signs It's Hot Now

Enterprise demand for specific skillsets, a war for talent, and constantly shifting tech priorities are contributing to a thriving IT freelance culture. Whether you're in the field already, considering a career shift, or responsible for hiring freelance IT talent at your organization, here's what you need to know.
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Total Freelancers
If you're a freelance developer or IT professional, you're in good company. According to a survey conducted by Daniel J. Edelman and sponsored by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, 53 million Americans, a total of about a third of our workforce, are part of a $715 billion freelancing economy. 
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Total Freelancers

If you're a freelance developer or IT professional, you're in good company. According to a survey conducted by Daniel J. Edelman and sponsored by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, 53 million Americans, a total of about a third of our workforce, are part of a $715 billion freelancing economy.

(Image: Victor Lima via Flickr)

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9/28/2015 | 1:31:47 PM
Re: Elance / oDesk / Upwork

Broadway very true online freelancing today is largely driven by low cost providers in low operating cost countries. For US providers it's often very difficult to compete with these providers. However, many businesses in the US have been burned by these very low cost providers that in the end make mistakes miss deadlines and cost them more. The web has made freelancing a growing market but the infrastructure in place at many of the commercial sites makes it impractical for most US freelancers.

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9/23/2015 | 6:02:36 PM
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@Terryb- Yes, the benefits issue is the hard one. Ideally, all of us who wanted to freelance or consult would have a spouse with a job with benefits. It will be interesting to see how various changes in healthcare and insurance in the coming years (don't want to politicize the discussion) will change freelancing.
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9/23/2015 | 6:02:34 PM
Re: Contracting
@Terryb- Yes, the benefits issue is the hard one. Ideally, all of us who wanted to freelance or consult would have a spouse with a job with benefits. It will be interesting to see how various changes in healthcare and insurance in the coming years (don't want to politicize the discussion) will change freelancing.
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9/23/2015 | 12:10:19 PM
Re: Different country different paygrade
@sachinEE- I'm sure that it depends on the person. When I was a freelancer I felt the need to turn jobs around fast to get the next one. But if you know there is no next one coming right away or you can string the one you've got for extra money, then I can see how that could be very demotivating.

One thing that I should say is that a lot of freelance and contractor jobs still require you to be in an office. So maybe people who don't do well at home should seek those out.
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