The Rise of the Freelance Nation

By April 19, 2015 June 3rd, 2015 Insights

My new book Freelance Nation goes to print this coming week!

Advance copies will be available by the 30th. I’ll be debuting it at the Women Presidents’ Organization annual conference in Phoenix. In anticipation of the Freelance Nation launch, I wanted to share a bit about the book and an excerpt from its Preface.

The idea for the Freelance Nation comes from my respect for and experience with working with the present-day freelance infrastructure, as well as the way we—the united front blazing the path—got to this milestone.

The Freelance Nation is rising

It is said in Gallup polls and other sources that nearly 50% of Americans will be doing some type of freelance work by the year 2020. Every day in my working life I came to notice this trend. It’s due to three primary influences in our working society:

The first is technology. From cloud collaborative software to being able to accept credit cards from an iPhone to sitting on Skype calls reaching around the world, technology has obliterated the previous monopoly that big corporate once had.

Second, the gradual trend of workers staying less and less time at a corporate job and the increasing prevalence of being able to find freelance work. Be it Elance, word of mouth, or a few quick social media posts – gigs are bid on and accepted every day, all over the world.

The Freelancer is taking over W2 jobs

The last is the W2 job losses in 2008. I was a headhunter in these days, and for years after it was looked upon as just another recession. People would walk around the office and say in passing that the market would come back. Well it has, but not in the way that we expected. People are working and thriving again, but not in the same way that they used to. Frequent layoffs, companies leaning on temps and contractors, and the scarcity of the once-typical benefit-laden W2 job have the Freelance Nation busier than ever.

My career as an owner, partner, and executive of successful lean start-ups would not have been possible without these three pieces of evolution happening in our workforce today.

How you can use this book to start a freelance business

I work with the Freelance Nation every day of my life through the utilization of contract workers for my businesses and professional endeavors. In this book, I share with you my deep research into the history of employment, as well as my experience as a freelancer surviving and thriving in this ultra-competitive economy. If you’ve ever dreamed of getting out of your 9-5 job and starting a freelance business – not only to make ends meet but to make your ideal work-life balance a reality – this book is for you.

I hope this book not only educates you on the evolution of the gig worker, but also inspires you to challenge yourself. If you have the skills to succeed in the corporate world, the creative sphere, or the government sector, then you have the skills to succeed in the Freelance Nation.

Melissa Cooper

Melissa Cooper

J. Melissa Cooper is an expert in the human resources field, with over a decade of experience and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from New York University, as well as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. She started her own business as a one-woman shop in 2009. Five years later she was managing 400 freelancers.

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