It was National Freelancers Day yesterday….



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’:

  1. 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’
  2. There are more freelancers in the UK than anywhere else in Europe
  3. The UK freelance workforce is currently estimated to be 4 million (BERR business statistics)
  4. 60% of businesses say it would be hard to operate without freelancers
  5. 73% of freelancers are freelancing as a long-term career choice
  6. 59% of freelancers said the most important skill to have is ‘adaptability’, closely followed by ‘good communication skills (54%)
  7. 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.
  8. Sue Lawley (broadcaster and presenter) has been freelancing for 40 years.
  9. 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)
  10. ‘Freelancers are, in general, happy with their lives’ (PCG Freeing Up Potential Survey)

So…Happy Freelancing, to all you other freelancers out there!