And I tried to tap into being a ‘freelancer’ as much as I could.
I found out quite a lot – here are 10 facts about ‘working freelance':
- The word freelance is a medieval word. It was first used by Sir Walter Scott who wrote about Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe – a mercenary knight whom Scott referred to as a ‘free-lancer’
- There are more freelancers in the UK than anywhere else in Europe
- The UK freelance workforce is currently estimated to be 4 million (BERR business statistics)
- 60% of businesses say it would be hard to operate without freelancers
- 73% of freelancers are freelancing as a long-term career choice
- 59% of freelancers said the most important skill to have is ‘adaptability’, closely followed by ‘good communication skills (54%)
- There is no ‘typical’ freelance worker. Freelancers can be men or women, young or old, working in a range of occupational and industrial environments, as a main or second job, and on a full or part-time basis.
- Sue Lawley (broadcaster and presenter) has been freelancing for 40 years.
- Freelancers are ‘seen by businesses to be vital to growing the UK’s economy in the coming years’ (PCG Freeing Up Potential Survey – The Daily Telegraph)
- ‘Freelancers are, in general, happy with their lives’ (PCG Freeing Up Potential Survey)
So…Happy Freelancing, to all you other freelancers out there!