Working as a Freelancer
June 28 2019 - The 2019 Freelance Economic Impact Report Is Here By Fiverr
Today, Fiverr revealed the findings of its annual Freelance Economic Impact Report, a comprehensive study that identified and profiled the 25 largest markets in the United States for skilled freelance workers.
For the second year Fiverr commissioned market research firm Rockbridge Associates to analyze a range of secondary data sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, to determine the size and revenues of U.S. based skilled freelancers. Over 20 million tax returns were classified by geography and industry, allowing researchers to approximate that there are 5.6 million skilled freelancers working in creative, technical or professional positions across the country. Over half (54%) of these freelancers live in the 25 metropolitan areas listed below and, combined, this group generated an estimated $135 billion in the 2018 tax year.
Highly-skilled freelancers are an understudied and often overlooked segment of the workforce. By analyzing the data around these digital workers we’re able to get a clear picture of the types of jobs they’re doing, the amount of revenue they’re generating and the cities in which they’re having the most impact. While every market identified in the top 25 is unique, we can say that they’re all characterized by high levels of diversity, high educational attainment and younger adult populations relative to the rest of the country.
New York home to over half a million freelancers earning estimated $25 billion Los Angeles leading with creative freelancers generating $5 billion Over six percent of San Francisco’s workforce employed as skilled freelancers Austin experiencing talent boom, skilled freelancer population up almost 26% Nashville increasing earnings, skilled freelancer revenue jumps almost 40%
Major Markets Rely Heavily on Skilled Freelancers
Data from New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco indicates the larger the economy the heavier the reliance on skilled freelancers.
The New York metro area sits atop the list with over half a million skilled freelance workers earning an estimated $25 billion in the 2018 tax year. The massive metro area is also home to the largest populations of professional and technical freelancers. The exception to New York’s dominance is Los Angeles. The Los Angeles metro area is the overall revenue leader in creative talent. Creative freelancers in metro Los Angeles generated an estimated $5 billion in revenue in the 2018 tax year.
San Francisco businesses are the most reliant on skilled freelance workers. Skilled freelancers in San Francisco account for 6.1% of the city’s total workforce, this figure is almost double the national average.
What the Data Tells Us
The results point to a robust and growing skilled freelance economy across the greater U.S., but the income and growth numbers only tell a portion of the story; as the kinds of the work being done highlight a broad and diverse skilled independent economy in American cities.
We understand how people get things done in the new economy, and we strongly believe this upside isn’t reserved just for cities. With digital platforms, opportunity can extend to every corner of the country, so long as there is an internet connection and an ability.
Freelancers in our very own community illustrate just how possible it is, like Joel Young, who now calls rural Colorado home and is closing in on 2 million dollars in earnings on Fiverr. If he can do it, there is opportunity is out there for everyone.
Increase Your Productivity Success
June 14 2019 - How to Create A Simple Routine to Help Boost Productivity By Fiverr
At first glance, working from home seems like a sweet deal: no time lost commuting, your day starts and ends when you decide, and you get to work from the convenience of your home.
But like many things that are great in theory, there’s a catch. At home, you quickly discover there are new challenges to account for like time management, too many distractions, and inconsistent work habits. In fact, these obstacles seem to rear their ugly head time and time again.
Here is a simple way to create a routine that boosts your productivity when you work from home:
Focus on Time Management
Pay careful attention to your day to day schedule, and see what adjustments you can make.
For starters, tackle your to-do list, keep the list of items to just a few, and put the most important tasks at the top of your list. Less is more here—long to-do lists clutter your thoughts, and set you up for failure.
Plan ahead and write your list the night before—it gives you one less thing to worry about in the morning. Go to bed early, aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep because a good night’s rest goes a long way. Sleep deprivation slows the rate of information your brain can process while hindering memory retention, and negatively impacting your overall mood.
Clear Your Mind
A trusty routine in the morning is as important as sleep, so how you choose to spend your first waking moments sets the tone for the day.
Before you look at your phone or start on your to-do list, give your mind and body the time it needs to fully wake and declutter. A morning workout lowers blood pressure and is a great de-stressor, journaling allows you to unload mental baggage, and meditation helps you gain control of your mind—pick what works best for you!
No matter what, stick to your morning routine and hold yourself accountable. Constant practice increases work output and creativity.
Do Important Tasks First
Now that you have a clear head and tasks in mind, you are ready to get to work.
Start with the hard stuff. Resist the temptation to complete trivial items first, and instead, go with the most important objective of the day. You know, the one you have been dreading and putting off for weeks on end? Yup, that’s the one…
Focus on this one task, but don’ juggle too much at one time. Multitasking means more work for your brain and increases your chances of burnout. On the other hand, a single task approach holds your attention longer and boosts creativity.
Don’t let distractions impede your process as well—put away your phone, keep opened tabs to a minimum, and switch your laptop to Do Not Disturb when you need time to unwind.
Make it a Habit
These simple adjustments are of little to no cost and they add stability to an otherwise unconventional workspace. See what works best for you, be consistent, and you’ll make an impact on your productivity in no time.
IELTS & TOEFL English Preparation Guides
May 15 2019 - IELTS TOEFL Guides: Get Free IELTS TOEFL Tips, Lessons, Sample Questions from IELTS TOEFL Experts By BestMyTest
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