Survey: 1 in 3 Americans are Freelancers

Small Business Labs

The Freelancers Union and Elance - oDesk released a study showing that 34% of the American workforce freelances in some form. According to the study, 53 million Americans said they engaged in some form of freelance work in the past year. The study breaks these folks into 5 segments: "Independent Contractors" (40%, or 21.1 million) don’t have a traditional employer and do freelance, temporary or supplemental work on a project-to-project basis.

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Is the U.S. Becoming Less Entrepreneurial?

Small Business Labs

But in many cases they use contractors, freelancers, outsourced services and other forms of contingent workers instead of traditional employees.    Using contingent labor has gotten easier and more effective due to the growth of online talent exchanges such as Elance and oDesk, improvements in collaborative technologies for managing non-employees and growing numbers independent workers available for hire. We think entrepreneurship is alive and well in America.

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Are Traditional Jobs Going to Disappear?

Small Business Labs

Scale of some form is still a key competitive factor in most industries, which is why the Global Giants continue to grow.   A couple of related indicators of this are:  - Firms like Elance , oDesk and MBO Partners - leaders in providing independent workers - have decent numbers of traditional employees.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2013

Small Business Labs

 Expect more niche online marketplaces like Elance and Task Rabbit to connect independent workers with the organizations looking to tap their services; more educational programs and government support for starting and operating a self-employed business; more services and tools to help manage a solopreneur business; and more coworking and solopreneur-oriented commercial workspaces.  Below is our sixth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.

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5 Ways Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Are Bootstrapping Their Companies

Small Business CEO

With social media and similar forms of marketing, this is a fun and highly cost-effective strategy. Accountants, web designers and marketing people can be hired online at places like ODesk and Elance. Starting a small business is hard.

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Set Yourself Apart from the Competition » Make or Break Moments

Make or Break Moments

I’m familiar with Elance but a colleague who had a similar project told me that she’d had great success with oDesk - so that’s where I started. Do you take the time to address the prospect by name rather than a generic form letter?

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How to Set Your Copywriting Fees and Earn What You’re Worth

Men With Pens

Another discussion was with an associate who said he saw freelance projects on Elance with bids of $50 for sales letters and $5 for blog posts. The uncertainty can take many forms: l You don’t know how long it’ll take you to complete a project. Today’s post is a killer, and it comes to us from none other than Dean Rieck , a copywriter I respect for his straightforward attitude and damned smart advice.

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Six Ways to Get More Juice from Your Freelancer | Men With Pens

Men With Pens

Failure to pay as agreed is a particularly bad form of feedback, but I’ve often seen clients use it that way. Do use sites like Elance.

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