The words freelance and gig economy are new to some people – most people. Freelance is a fancy word for independent contractor in my opinion and the gig economy “is made up of three main components: the independent workers paid by the gig (i.e., a task or a project) as opposed to those workers who receive a salary or hourly wage; the consumers who need a specific service, for example, a ride to their next destination, or a particular item delivered; and the companies that connect the worker to the consumer in a direct manner, including app-based technology platforms.” (https://www.naco.org/featured-resources/future-work-rise-gig-economy)
Freelancers and people working gigs are changing the way the world operates and does business. Realizing this created an educated audience who can help us succeed. I recently created two presentations called “Freelancing is the Answer” and they focus on the following:
- Who and what are freelancers?
- Why businesses should hire freelancers
- How freelancers can sell themselves to open up new opportunities
That’s it in a nutshell – Freelancing is the Answer. I can’t say it enough. A good friend and colleague of mine sent me a document (see here) that explains the biggest disadvantage for working with freelancers is that businesses often misclassify them. I mean, how simple is that? Hire a business attorney and disadvantage solved!
My goal for Business BEactive, Freelance Business Week Buffalo and everything else I do, is to bring a culture change to Buffalo, NY – freelance culture. It’s clear that in cities like Miami, New York, Denver, Los Angeles, Toronto, etc. freelancing and co-working go hand in hand. Buffalo isn’t quite there yet in many aspects, and freelancing is no different – I’d like to change that.
Who’s with me?