I’ve been a freelancer for more than 15 years. Here’s what all clients should know

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As more freelancers enter the job force, managing them is an art form in and of itself. Here are the secrets to managing independent workers.

I’ve been a freelancer for more than 15 years. Here’s what all clients should know

For the past several years, there has been a steady stream of research indicating that companies are increasingly turning to freelance labor to fill talent gaps and create more flexible teams. Recent research from freelance website Upwork found reports that more than one in three Americans freelanced in 2018, and the freelance workforce grew 7% from 53 million to 56.7 million in five years. Full-time freelancers make up more than one-quarter (28%) of freelancers—up 11% since 2014.

And while hiring specific, on-demand talent may seem like a perfect solution to gaps in your workforce, learning how to manage freelancers and independent contractors well is essential to making the relationship the most fruitful it can be.

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The secret to making $115 an hour in the gig economy

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10 highest-paying fields — with lots of growth — for gig workers

This is one hell of a gig.

Millions of workers now participate in the gig economy — loosely defined as the workers who work a series of freelance or temporary jobs rather than one full-time job. Indeed, about one in four Americans now participates in the digital gig economy, using apps or websites like Airbnb or Uber to earn some extra cash.

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These are the 20 fastest growing freelance skills in demand right now

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Upworth has released its latest quarterly list of the skill gaps companies are looking for freelancers to fill. This latest list sees a new No. 1 skill: virtual reality, which took the top spot from natural language processing in the previous list. Here’s the full list of the top 20 skills:

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