By 2020, half the workforce will be “freelancers,” study says

ilise-new-thumbThose of us behind the Creative Freelancer Blog are on a mission to free the stigma from the word “freelancer” (among other things!!)

But we are clearly not the only ones.

A recent study by MBO Partners, another group supporting independent workers, predicts that by 2020, one half of the U.S. economy will be made up of independent workers, whether that status is forced or freely chosen.

If you are one of these independent workers who is taking the challenge of self employment seriously and seeing yourself as a business, come to CFC: The Business Conference for the Creatively Self Employed: June 22-24 in SF.

As of the early bird deadline last Friday, we had surpassed our goals and so we are anticipating the biggest crowd yet. You are not alone. This is your community. Come and connect with them in person.

A recent article on suggested “milking your social network,” which is exactly what we’re trying to create here!

3.Milk your social network. You’ll never keep up with every new development on your own without a little help from your friends, so if you’ve gone a few months without getting to know someone new in your field or in a related one, reach out, suggests Michelle Goodman (who spoke at CFC in 2009).

Check out local creative-freelancer or industry events; biznik and Mediabistro can connect you to theirs. If you consider networking to be an odious chore, tweak your thinking: One of the advantages of freelancing is coming into contact with a variety of smart, interesting people. Business guru Seth Godin calls it finding your tribe. Who knows who’ll inspire or support you next?

Read the rest here.

I hope you can join us to learn what you need to know to outshine the growing competition. You’ll need to! Sign up now.