What does the future of freelancing like? What’s going to happen?
I’ve been freelancing for a long time now. I’m not saying that I have all of the answers, but I know that it would be fun to take a look at the future of freelancing and what’s to be expected.
What does the future of freelancing hold?
Here’s what I predict…
New freelancing jobs will emerge as time goes on.
I recently proved that you can do anything as a freelancer. I’ve heard of all kinds of unique freelancing services that I never imaged anyone would ever pay for.
I remember reading a newspaper a little bit ago about odd freelancing jobs. This list included everything from planning a birthday party to picking kids up from soccer. The reality is that people are busier than ever. This means that new services are going to emerge as time goes and people look to find more free time.
I can’t even begin to speculate as to what sort of new freelancing services will be created. If I had the answers, I would be pursuing them instead of writing about them.
If you’re looking to get into freelancing, right now is the very best time. Do NOT waste another second. Try to offer any service. See what happens. The worst case scenario is that you get turned down. Wow. No big deal. The barrier to entry is lower than ever.
Only the best freelancers will succeed.
If you want to get paid, you better be good at what you do. Stop slacking off! I’m putting you on notice.
This is obvious though. This sort of logic applies to every area of life. The only reason that I mention it here is because for a while there was an abundance of average writers making money through freelancing. That’s not going to happen any longer. We all demand high quality now. Mediocre sucks.
Through practise, education, and daily habits, you can become the best in your field. Why settle for second place? That makes no sense at all!
I suggest that you get into gear and focusing becoming an expert at something. You get rewarded for being the best in your field. Not for being second place or for trying. This isn’t elementary school sports. There’s no participation ribbon.
There will always be money in some form of freelancing.
“The challenge is to focus on the work, not the fear that comes from doing the work.” — Seth Godin
We all like to act like chicken little and pretend that the sky is falling. It’s not. I’ve felt sorry for myself far too many times. It’s not worth it.
The dollars in freelancing will never dry up. You’ll always be able to find a way to make money. So don’t stress about going broke.
New technology = new opportunities.
This sort of ties into the next point…
We will always want things to be done for us.
This is where new freelancing jobs will emerge. We as a society want everything done for us. We want our meals prepared for us. We want our workouts setup for us.
We don’t want to do the work. We want it to be done for us. Times have changed and we no longer feel like waiting. We wait things to be done ASAP!
The basic freelancing services will never go away.
For all of the new freelancing jobs that emerge, the basics will never go away. We will always need tutors, personal trainers, instructors, and so on. You don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. You can focus on keeping that damn thing spinning.
Don’t be afraid to stick to something you’re good at.
That’s what I think of the future of freelancing. Do you have anything to add?