Let’s face it; the world is starting to like freelancing. More and more people are looking for that extra icing by freelancing part time and even greater numbers of people are becoming their own bosses by turning into full-time freelancers.
The statistics by elance-odesk.com will support our claims above. There is an increase in demand which has propelled explosive growth in the freelance economy in the recent times.
Indians have also taken to freelancing. Compared to other countries like USA or UK, freelancing is still very new in India but people are becoming aware of its advantages and benefits as more and more platforms open up and penetrate the Indian freelancing scene.
Considering the fact that India is a huge market for almost anything the world has to offer, the scope of freelancing is rich as it will offer both good finances and the freedom to work from anywhere and at any time.
So, what are the trends freelancing in India is seeing these days?
What is in store for the Indian freelancer?
Do we have the tech-support our freelancers need?
It’s tough to find jobs and projects as a freelancer. Without the right help, a freelancer can as well try finding a needle in a haystack rather than looking for a project.
That is where freelancing platforms like Truelancer come in. These platforms provide the common ground between freelancers and their prospective clients who post jobs and hire them. These provide the means for forming and building a network and connections which are of utmost importance when one considers freelancing as a serious career choice.
Esmee Network has compiled a list which showcases 9 such platforms which bring together freelancers and employers. With websites like youth4work.com, wsession.com etc. one can very well say that ample and good platforms have surfaced which can successfully create the right demand and supply equations for freelancing in India to flourish.
What are Indian freelancers earning?
The earning potential is always important. Unlike the safety of an office job where one knows that money will flow every x or y of the month, freelancing provides you with uncertain and irregular money. Here, the freelancer has to manage his own finances and plan ahead always. Thus, earning becomes all the more important.
On Truelancer, the maximum hourly rates are as high as INR 1000 whereas the average lies between INR 250 to INR 500. This is good news as even 3 hours of freelance work per day for 20 days a month can get you anywhere between INR 15000 to INR 30000 which is the average range of pay scale for a normal office job.
There are also opportunities for more as freelancers are not limited to finding work in India. With the help of platforms they can connect with clients abroad too and greatly increase the earning potential.
What are the trending jobs when someone is freelancing in India?
The part which builds the trend is what clients and prospective employers are getting done by freelancers.
Do all the jobs have an equal share or there some who rule the place and some in need of dire attention?
According to Truelancer, IT and programming rule the scene with the major share of in demand jobs followed by Graphic Design and Content Writing.
This trend is foreseeable as the internet and e-commerce revolution has taken India by strong and digital marketing and web development have become a major business with a serious inclination towards hiring full time freelance help.
Other jobs like accounting and finance or fashion design have not yet seen a compelling demand on these platforms. It will be interesting to see how these fair in the time to come and more Indian companies synchronise with the on -going global trend to hire freelance help and give in to the new order.
Considering that freelancing is still in its nascent stages on the global scale, it has come to India sooner than earlier external influxes. This has been due the rapid urbanization and development we have experienced in the past two decades. This gives India the power to make its mark on the global freelancing scene and provide a strong platform to more and more Indians to take to freelancing and be a part of a work-culture revolution where more power and freedom are the basic entities flanked by networking and increased productive innovation.
In the time to come we are bound to see an increase in India’s contribution to the freelance economy and pretty soon, we will witness a stark shift in India’s currently corporate work culture as more Indians shun the suits and ties and start working for no one but themselves.
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