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I predict the next major trend in freelancing is a return to full-time corporate employment. In many circumstances, the needs of both individual professionals and their companies are better served by the full-time employee / employer relationship.
There is more to work than making top dollar. Interesting and varied work is vital to nourish the creative spark. Spark is so important. It is not a luxury to be put aside for “later.” If your spark doesn’t get oxygen, it sputters.
There are millions of freelancers and consultants in the world, each with a personal take on how to run their practices and how to structure their lives. There are as many approaches to the solopro life as there are stars in the heavens or grains of sand on the beach. While certain guru claims about freelancing and consultants may be true for a few people, for most people who aspire to self-employment, it’s BS. Sorry.
There must be both leadership and implementation to get the job done well. The two go hand in hand. Either way, freelancers and consultants can benefit.
Choose your own financial goals, consistent with the estimated market value (pay rates) of your specialty, how hard you want to market your services, how hard you want to work at supplying the promised work, and the nature of your add-on services (if any), such as delivering keynote addresses and high-priced individual coaching events. If you choose a figure that sounds unrealistically impressive to you, you may be setting yourself up for failure.
Creativity is fine if that is what the freelancing or consulting assignment calls for, but it is easy for a solopro to miss the mark on an assignment by being too creative.
I’m neither a leader nor a follower. I am a doer and that’s why I prefer freelancing and consulting over corporate employment.
Achieving one’s own goals qualifies you to teach and coach others on how to freelance and consult. It’s not about achieving a specific income goal–unless that’s how you define your own success.
I predict that while the ranks of freelancers and consultants are already growing, our numbers will explode in the coming years.