“I Am Done With Your 9-5 Work Schedule!”
“I Am Done With Your 9-5 Work Schedule!”
But who are these millennials? They are the people born between 1980 and 2000-and are emerging as a significant force because according to a report published by PwC, they will form 50% of the global workforce by 2020 and with their coming of age, the working style is definitely going to go through a sea of change, as they appear to be in no mood for a typical 9-5 work schedule.
With their experimental nature, millennials want work that has a sense of purpose and is exciting, and this has made them embrace freelancing like none before. Several web portals have also confirmed the same by saying that they are seeing more millennial freelancers.
While world over this change has already begun with almost 53 million Americans, who are 34% of the US workforce, engaging in some type of freelance work, in India too, 85% of the freelancers are millennials, who are in their 20s or early 30s. However, the question is-what has turned them into a ‘Freelance Generation’?
Better Work flexibility and Fluidity
For a generation that grew up with social media platforms like Orkut, Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram, and checks their phones at least 50 times a day on an average, technology is clearly their lifeline. They use it for just everything-posting personal stuff as well as to pursue their line of interest. So, their social media connect is pretty much 24×7, something that is not very well supported by the usual 9-5 work schedule.
In fact, reports suggest that workplace flexibility is so important for millennials that they often choose it over pay and freelancing gives them just what they want. Freelancing not only provide the millennials ample flexibility when it comes to time, position and industries, but also keeps them connected to their favourite tech gadgets and social media platforms.
“I started freelancing very recently. I chose it because at the moment, I just need to figure out my strengths. It’s just for me to know how capable I am,” says Ayushi Thapliyal, who is a freelance writer.
Another unmistakable high in freelancing is the time flexibility. For travel freaks, being not bonded to an organization happens to be an ideal situation and gives them freedom to pack their bags and take off anytime. They do not need to get into the hassle of informing and taking permission.
Be Your Own Boss
The urge to freelance also surges from the desire not to work under a particular management, as by doing this, they can take the matters into their hands and draw their own career paths instead of just waiting around for their bosses to recognise their strengths.
“I chose to freelance because I wanted to do my own thing. If you are working with a company then you don’t get the freedom to be creative,” says Chandra Shekhar, a renowned freelance fashion photographer.
Abhishek Gupta, who has worked on several freelance styling projects, too gives a similar statement. “Freelancing gives you your freedom. It gives you the scope of choosing your own projects and even the people you want to work with,” he says.
Earn More Money
Money is definitely a big factor that is motivating millennials to switch to freelancing as a permanent thing, as it gives them a leeway to work on multiple projects at the same time.
Small or big, the projects do fetch money, sometimes even more than what a regular job provides and even though there is no fixed amount coming in every month, freelancing does help create a network of loyalty and trust, as even one nicely done and timely submitted project can open the doors for many more from the same source. And with other factors like flexibility and growth being more dominant and overpowering, money risk is something that all freelancers look ready to take.
So, whether employers like it or not, millennial freelancers are a force to reckon with and as this generation continues to age, the number will only grow further and it might also end up convincing many businesses to convert themselves fully into a freelance structure.
However, it doesn’t mean an end of 9-5 culture, it just points towards a more flexible work culture in the future where talent will be key and time will be elastic.