The Future is Freelance
Contrary to expectations, more and more companies are embracing freelance platforms for talent sourcing. While some may view it as radical, the concept continues to revolutionize the global workforce.
Online platforms like Gebeya offer an opportunity for employers to have an easy, automated, and seamless recruitment process. Like a double-edged sword, however, the effect and impact is felt both ways. The benefit of such endeavors is felt in equal measure by both employers and job seekers alike.
Gebeya quite literally offers employment opportunities on a platter. Once you sign up on such a platform clients can search for talent based on project needs or talents can discover public job opportunities.
Understandably, there is still a lot of skepticism around the future is freelance concept and remote working. The whole concept of conventional work has been built around the idea of physical presence in a physical location where staff gives at least 8 hours of their day. A lot of structures have been placed to reinforce this concept from biometrics to key cards to digital clocking. All this in an effort to self-actualize a correlation between work done and being at work.
In actuality, being at work does not necessarily translate to doing work. The virtue of your presence in a workspace alone does not guarantee productivity. This is what corporations are struggling to fathom.
Productivity is not constrained or dictated by physical space but rather by an ingrained work ethic and consistent professionalism. This being said, such a trait is evident whether one works remotely or at the workplace, especially with jobs that do not require a physical presence in an office.
Productivity is the only key metric that should form the measure of a person’s work and this is why we believe the future is freelance. Think about it: would you rather be a freelancer with a chance to deliver and take responsibility of your working location and time or a conventional worker who is still working in traditional conditions and working hours?
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Freelancing is a revolutionary idea and like many such ideas, the world is resistant to change, to new concepts and ideologies that challenge the norm. In this case, we are evolving into a more versatile and flexible work culture. A work culture that not only provides guaranteed productivity but promises to transform our very understanding of work norms.
Unemployment is a global challenge, so naturally, countless candidates will apply for a single job when there is an open vacancy. This leads to a cumbersome process for the decision makers of sorting through applications and talents and which takes a lot of time to find the right person for the job.
Now, imagine entrusting a talent marketplace like Gebeya to simplify your job hunting process. The hiring conversation shifts from geographical constraints to how your skills best fit organizations looking to fill in project roles/ part time jobs or even full time remote positions.
If the pandemic is anything to go by, then the notion of job security is an overrated narrative. This is a hard lesson that so many have come to terms with. Retrenchment, bankruptcy, market failure, political instability, and any number of factors can lead to sudden unemployment. While this may be a hard pill to swallow, there is a silver lining: a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel because as a freelancer you can have multiple sources of income at any given time.
Now comes the hard question: if we are to debunk the mythical concept of a “safe job”, which path then must one take? Freelancing may not be a first choice or a common one for that matter. The only safe option in such a scenario is to have a contingency plan. Freelancing gives you the freedom to do exactly just that.
As a freelancer, one’s work can transcend the limitations of any physical inequities. Freelancing also provides opportunities to diversify one’s skill set, experience, and clientele. Projects, while often task-oriented, can be professionally challenging, versatile, and rewarding. Every task has its own unique challenges that not only foster growth but nurture a certain fondness to excel. This is in stark contrast to most conventional office jobs that entail a repetitive routine process that numbs and stunts an employee professionally.
Freelance is forward-thinking, resourceful, and transforming ecosystems. For Africa, and the world the future is freelance. Sign up as a freelance talent below.