Thanks to our recent research we were able to study five subspecies of a peculiar life form known as the freelancer. Read about their behaviors and see if you can relate to any of them.

1. The independent contractor

40% (21.1 million) of self-employed Americans identify themselves as independent freelancers

Those are your regular old freelancers who do not have a full-time job or a permanent employer. Instead they prefer to work part-time, or on various projects and tasks from different clients. We could say that they live from contract to contract.

2. Moonlighters

27% (14.3 million specialists) of freelancers

Those are the freelancers, who have a full-time job and freelance in their spare time, usually at night, by the moon (thus, moonlighters). Usually one becomes a moonlighter when he or she is not satisfied with their salary, or has high ambitions and wants to achieve more. Freelancers of this type often do charity work: for example, they translate text for non-profits or develop their own projects without expecting any revenue.

 

3. Freelancers of many talents

18% of the freelancers in the US (9.3 million) identify themselves as Freelancers of Many Talents

Those are the people who are talented in many areas. They want to have many sources of income, and they don’t hesitate to take up any job within their reach. When not dealing with corporate chores, they drive for Uber, write articles for fashion magazines, bake bone-shaped cakes for dog festivals and create online shops where their grandmas sell macramé. For these freelancers the best way to relax is to switch to another activity. Especially since they are getting paid for that.

4. Temporary Workers

(10%, or 5.5 million freelancers)

These are mainly consultants of all kinds: Due to the specifics of their craft they change projects like a woman changes clothes – today building a business strategy for one client, tomorrow carrying an audit for another. Does not sound easy, but at least it’s not boring, as they claim. Come, see and conquer, while making some money in the process.

5. Team players

(5%, or 2.8 million)

Who said freelance can’t be a business? It is possible to put together a team of freelancers and look for work together. This is the strategy that some players on the market choose: for example, some create teams consisting of a programmer, a designer, a marketing expert and a copywriter and start a website creation business. Such teams, and especially their leaders are also considered freelancers.

Have you already determined which type suits you the most? Luckily, UMKA loves all freelancers equally. On our platform, everyone will be able to find something for themselves and not worry about their finances, which will be protected by smart contracts, a 24/7 tech support team and stern, but fair arbiters.
Till next time!