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Are Freelancers the Happy Lot or Mere Misguided Laggards?
Are Freelancers the Happy Lot or Mere Misguided Laggards?
By: Bikram K Singh

When I was Young, well younger than what I am now, the world was going through a paradigm shift. After engulfing the western world, the digital revolution was swiftly burying its roots deeper in the fertile soil of India. Everyone was talking about “breaking free of the rat race”and “stop being slave of 9-5 industrial clock”, and words like SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) were floating around as if they were there since eternity.

It was the time when the bright minds started contemplating working for themselves. Many years has passed since then and now freelancing is an established profession, but not all kinds of skill sets work well in this industry; some works better than others.

Which are the Top Sold Skills in Freelancing

It is anybody’s guess that people with tech skills are the most sought after. In the list of top 10 skills in demand, 8 are tech-related skills (if we count Graphic design as tech skill), and the rest is related to writing (see infographic below). If we talk of hardcore programming then 6 out of top 10 in-demand skills in freelancing is related to that only.


As you can see from the image above, 59% of freelance revenue is generated by IT related work, and 24% by creative work which includes graphic designing and writing. The scene looks all rosy until we go down towards the section labeled “Freelancing’s Pitfalls”.

The data suggests that 8 out of 10 freelancers in the United States didn’t get enough Job in 2009, and every second freelancer didn’t have proper health insurance. The data, though old, gives an indication of how things work in this industry.

Despite non-regular payments, non-committed clients, and deferred payments, freelancers are happy about their profession and the freedom it gives. Thousands of people are living their dream of independence and some of them make it big while others fail to make any mark. Which camp do you belong?