Breathe… you’ve survived another year! Are you looking forward to 2012 with hope and optimism? We hope that you’ve got your New Year’s resolution set last time when we’ve given you a list of freelancing resources to check out. Working your butt off as a freelancer this year is just beginning, and work-life balance is something that’s still a luxury for most of us doing more than 40 hours a week to make ends meet. Are you really ready for what this year has to bring?
Freelancing Predictions for 2012: A Brighter Outlook
The freelance market may have been stagnant in 2011, but online hiring has hit a record high last year – up by over 100% from 2010. As the demand for talent and flexibility to run an office increases, more businesses will hop in the rising trend of hiring remote workers or independent professionals. It’s what you can call a freelancing wave – and it can also mean rise in newer technologies or tools to make online collaboration seamless. Freelancers, brace yourself to another year that will be defined by:
Work is not anymore defined by a physical office and freelancers must be able to adapt to different cultural settings in order to stay on top this year. There will be a paradigm shift in how people view work – far from the traditional set-up many have been used to for many years.
Innovation Meets Excellence
You probably have encountered this word the nth time, but in order to stay on top of the freelancing game, you have to know that it takes openness to innovation and creativity which will set you apart from those who are merely doing what was asked of them – where you have the chance to exceed work expectations by focusing on quality, not on quantity.
Social networking is on the rise and we’ve seen how quick changes are last year, when Google+ entered the social media scene. Because more collaboration tools are on the making, we are more likely to see combined forces among freelancers, as well as building relationships beyond the tip of the iceberg – where freelancers will break the ice between their brand-customer relationship.
By being open to working across multiple online platforms with various persons across the globe, we’ll definitely see more virtual teams formed. Contrary to popular belief, we’ll see them work more productively as they collaborate to succeed on their projects. This will also include a much deeper engagement level and sense of responsibility among the team.
Businesses, large or small, will outsource work to experts who can fill in their needs. From rural sourcing to offshore outsourcing, this can only mean good news for freelancers who want to find new prospects and capitalize on plenty of freelance portals on the Web. Cost will always be the number one driver for companies to consider outsourcing, but there are also other factors involved, like the speed of service and the ‘hire it when you need it’ mentality.
These are predictions based on freelancing news and events from last year. No, we are not playing it like Nostradamus – just the sort of predictive analytics anyone can use and it’s not a rocket science either. If there’s only one thing we can agree on, it’s that 2012 is a promising year for freelancers and career shifters out there. Perhaps, we can look back to this post sometime near 2013 and say, “Hey, we’ve told you so!” Are you excited to work in this age of hyper-specialization?
What’s In Your Mind?
What do you think will freelancing look like this year? Share your own predictions on the comment below.
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