According to a study conducted by Intuit, by the year 2020, more than 40 percent of the American workforce will be freelancers, contractors or temporary workers. On the other hand, a study from Rutgers says that roughly one in four people currently working in a freelance capacity wants to be an employee but can’t find work. So which one is it? Well, maybe it’s a bit of both. The business world today is offering opportunities for both freelancers and employees. In deciding which one is right for you, here are some of the advantages to consider:
- Receive a steady paycheck. Let’s face it, this is probably the first one that comes to mind. And it probably doesn’t need much explanation. Employees can manage their finances differently because they receive a regular paycheck.
- Get benefits including health care. Most companies offer benefits and perks to attract and retain employees. These can range from free food to auto allowances.
- Work a regular schedule. If you want a predictable schedule, being an employee can provide it. That’s not to say the schedule will never change. But it does have a predictability to it and that can be beneficial in situations like picking kids up from school or taking care of a parent.
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Sharlyn Lauby is an author, writer, speaker and consultant. She has been named a Top HR Digital Influencer and is best-known for her work on HR Bartender, a friendly place to talk about workplace issues. HR Bartender has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Business Blogs Worth Reading by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Best Business Blog by the Stevie Awards. Publications such as Mashable, Reuters, The New York Times, ABC News, TODAY, and The Wall Street Journal have sought out her expertise on topics related to human resources and the workplace. Sharlyn recently published her first book, “Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers,” which is available on Amazon. And her personal goal in life is to find the best cheeseburger on the planet.