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Why IT Developers Choose the Freelance Life

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Why IT Developers Choose the Freelance Life

    Why IT Developers Choose the Freelance Life

    Today, 53 million people are doing freelance work in the United States, and IT developers are no exception. Many enjoy greater vocational freedom—and more money.

Experts have described the freelance economy as the "new economic normal." Whether they're called contractors or hired guns, 53 million people are doing freelance work in the United States, and they account for more than one-third of the national workforce. Growth prospects look encouraging too, as 32 percent of freelancers are seeing an increase in demand for their skills, while just 15 percent are experiencing a decline. IT developers are no exception, and many are enjoying greater vocational freedom while earning more money by opting for "gigs" instead of full-time employment, according to research from Upwork, a site for freelance jobs. Findings reveal that freelance IT developers are now working less than a traditional 40-hour week, but they expect to work more hours over the next year. The vast majority said this lifestyle allows them to select their own projects, so they can work on what interests them the most. As far as how to get that first contract offer, survey participants suggest that you customize every cover letter for the advertised project, while creating a detailed online profile. And it doesn't hurt to set a competitive rate. Nearly 1,070 global freelance IT developers took part in the research.   

This article was originally published on 2015-09-29
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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