In the U.S., one third of the working population has already engaged in some types of freelancing. By 2020, the number is expected to reach 50%. In this regard, the freelance economy is becoming the norm.
Freelancing does not mean having to quit full-time job. On the contrary, most of freelancers have multiple sources of income. Many of them do not quit their full-time job. In fact, the so-called “Moonlighter” i.e. those who work full-time job during the day and do the second during the night (and/or weekends) are going to be the main types of freelancing in the future.
In the past, freelance opportunities are limited to professional or specialised tasks such as computer graphics, web design, screenwriting, engineering project managements, etc. With the advent of Uber and the likes, freelancing is now open to almost everyone, skilled or non-skilled. You can work for a company during the day, drive Uber at night and host a group of backpackers at home during weekends.
In Thailand, I don’t see as much enthusiasm as it should be regarding freelancing. People tends to think of stock investing or starting up a business when it comes to earning extra incomes. I personally think not quitting your current job and find some freelancing activities is much more practical for average persons to earn more than those popular choices. It could be because of our own culture that drives people to pursue the more glamorous but less probable paths.
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