There are more resources than ever to find freelancers. Is this the future of work?
Ever thought about hiring freelancers? You’re not alone.
Elance, an online employment marketplace, just released a global survey of over 3,000 freelancers, with statistics regarding how businesses are hiring these resources. Elance CEO Fabio Rosati and CMO Rich Pearson briefed me on the survey and told me there are 158,000 active clients hiring on Elance to date and 90% of them are small businesses.
According to the company’s survey, businesses spent almost $50 million dollars in the second quarter of 2012 hiring freelancers on Elance. Top jobs that the company sees trending toward the highest growth in 2013 include web programming, mobile app development, graphic and web design, online marketing and content writing. Additionally, the company sees Millennials (born after 1981) adopting this online work style faster than other demographic groups. In fact, 26% of the millenials surveyed have full time work and are using the platform to freelance on the side. [read]
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