2012 Freelance Industry Report

Despite the meteoric growth in freelancing over the last decade, there is very little published information about who we are as freelancers -- what we do, how we land work, what we earn, and why we do what we do.

2012 Freelance Industry Report

In an effort to uncover the truth about freelancing, International Freelancers Academy commissioned the 2012 Freelance Industry Report, which you can download FREE via the below.

Nearly 1,500 freelancers from around the world (working in more than 50 different professions) provided valuable insight you won’t find elsewhere. In this free report, which includes more than 80 charts and graphs, you’ll discover:

  • The biggest challenges freelancers face and how those challenges differ by profession, location, experience and other factors.
  • Attitudes toward freelancing, the economy's impact on freelance work, and freelancers' business outlook for the next 12 months.
  • Income trends, hourly rates, billable time, and how different freelancers price their services.
  • Lifestyle choices, including average hours worked, the importance of free time and flexibility, and attitudes toward reentering the traditional workforce.
  • How freelancers attract clients today, how much time they spend promoting their services and what marketing strategies they're planning to implement over the next year.
  • An analysis of displaced workers who have given up their job search in favor of the freelance path: what challenges they face, how they feel about self-employment, their lifestyle changes and their likelihood to remain self-employed.
  • How freelancers contribute to economic growth, and how entrepreneurially minded freelancers perform against those who don't consider themselves to be entrepreneurs.

If you're a freelancer, consultant, solopreneur or contract professional, you'll want to closely analyze this free 70+ page report to see where you stand compared to your peers.

And if you're a policymaker or member of the media, I hope it will provide greater insight into this critical segment of the workforce, including how these professionals feel about their work and how they contribute to the economy.

Either way, I hope you enjoy it! And if you find the report valuable, please let your peers know about it by sharing it through social media, quoting from it or blogging about it.

>>>Download the report here by right-clicking (control-click on Macs).

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Ed can be reached at report@InternationalFreelancersDay.com

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