The world of freelancing is growing larger every day. With the ability to choose your own career, make your own schedule and pursue something that you are passionate about—it’s not hard to see why people are choosing to leave their 9-5. In the United States alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 40% of the workforce will be either freelancers, temps, independent contractors, or solopreneurs by 2020. Furthermore, according to a report done by Freelancers Union, 32% of the current self-employed population has seen an increase in demand for their services in the past year while 77% think that the best days of freelancing are ahead. It’s clear to see that freelancing is on the rise.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not—as long as you work hard and have the right resources. While the idea of being your own boss may be one of the most attractive aspects of freelancing, it doesn’t come without its challenges. Being in charge of your day-to-day means having to manage everything. Time and money management, networking, and self-motivation all become primary functions of those who choose to pursue a freelance career.
Thankfully, for those looking to make the transition into freelancing, there are plenty of great resources. Invoice2go, a mobile invoicing app, has recently put together a crowdsourced infographic complete with great tips from real freelance professionals. If you can see yourself freelancing in the near future, check out the graphic below for some advice on how to get started.