My father has always been a blue-collar worker. He is retired now. He is not happy with me working as a freelancer. He keeps saying that I wasted years studying to become a lawyer. I hit back by saying that one day we will all be freelancers. Then he asks who is going to work in the factories? Finally, my mom jumps in and says that the Sunday lunch is ready. I don't worry about factories. Something else keeps me awake at night.
Who's Going To Hire All Those Freelancers?
Every day the number of freelancers is constantly increasing. Some freelance websites already have tens of millions of users. Other platforms have become extremely restrictive in accepting new freelancers. Has the freelance world become overcrowded already? Are there enough projects for all those freelancers? Where are we going to find all those clients to keep the freelance machinery running?
It seems that freelancing is a fruitful ground for all kinds of paradoxes. We have so many freelancers, but we don't have enough freelance websites. I understand that running an online working place is an expensive sport. If you are happy with the current offer of platforms to work on, then you are a newbie freelancer. You will have plenty of time to be disappointed.
There are so many freelancers waiting in a line to get a job. However, I witnessed first-hand that some clients just couldn't find the right freelancers for their projects. Not because they were too picky, but rather because those projects required a very specific set of skills.
Freelancing can be the land of wonders. Not necessarily good ones.
Just Because It's Crowded, It Doesn't Mean The Best Seats Are Occupied
Do you know what I would do if I had a million dollars or two? Believe it or not, I would invest in a new freelance website without blinking twice. Why? Because there's so much money to be earned in freelance industry. Freelancing business can be extremely frustrating and demanding, but it's just too big to fail.
Both clients and freelancers are dying for the new platform that would do the things a bit differently. People are tired of the masters of the freelance universe. Major platforms that worry only about the profit. We need to get back to the basics. We need to remind ourselves what is freelancing all about.
Now, the good news is that this is something doable. The bad news is that someone has already done it. GoLance isn't just another freelance website. For me, it is more of a movement. An idea.
If Marcus Aurelius was to be a freelancer in "Gladiator," he would something like: There was a dream that was freelancing. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile.
I guess, I just can't let it GO. I need to work and earn, but it's not all about the Benjamins. It can't be. I need to believe too.
I need to be able to say, hey pa I did something that changed the lives of so many people in a good way. This goFactory better be a good one.