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Freelancing isn’t quite what it used to be. The old framework typically included one-off projects in photography, writing, transcription or a similar field amounting to part-time employment.
“Today, freelancing is way bigger,” Nick Tubis, founder of Freelanceclients.com, told Benzinga. “Freelancing is kind of like the new consultant. You can start a freelance business, and it really could be anything.”
The gigs are often full-time and include sales, customer service, human resources, public relations, marketing and accounting — “things that add value to a business.”
The new freelancing model leverages technology to find clients quickly worldwide, Tubis said, adding that most freelancers contract with businesses rather than individuals.
“It’s really helping businesses solve a problem.”
Where Freelancing Is Going: Recent global events have been a boon for the freelance industry, he said.
“Because of what’s going on with COVID-19, businesses are hiring more freelancers than ever before,” Tubis said.
The industry has opened up employment opportunities for older generations. Tubis’ website, which offers free training programs to budding freelancers, serves mostly baby boomers, he said.
“The reason why is not just because of COVID-19. It’s that people don’t retire at age 50 anymore like they used to. …
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