It was International Women’s Day last week and Iceland announced that the country has joined Switzerland in making firms prove equal pay for Women.
This is progress in the right direction, However the sad news is that the UK's gender pay gap still stands at 17.5 per cent….it’s not a surprise that the amount of female freelancers is rising each year.
In a recent study of nearly 2,000 freelancers conducted by the independent research firm Edelman Berland, A clear majority of full-time freelancers–53%–are women.
So why are more women drawn to freelancing? And, more importantly, what lessons can we learn from their choices?
I think most women would agree that the traditional work structure just isn’t working well for them. A common complaint is:
• Starting families and struggling with taking time away from the office in their 30’s
• Hitting the glass ceiling in terms of pay and promotions in their 40’s.
• Ignored altogether in their 50s/60s
With the 40-plus-hour work weeks, the nursery fees and the gender pay gap more and more woman are choosing to take the leap and work freelance.
The benefits of being a Freelancer are:
• Flexible Hours
• Control over Jobs
• Work when you want
• You’re the boss!
• You keep the profits
The disadvantages of Freelancing are:
• Loneliness and isolation
• Un-Reliable Work
• Difficult to switch between work and personal time
• Constantly chasing work and clients
• Not getting paid
A major complaint from Freelancers is the feeling of isolation and loneliness, particularly for those who work exclusively from home.
With International Women’s Day, it’s a great time to reflect on the benefits of collaborating with other women.
By working and collaborating with other like-minded Women, freelancers can benefit not only from the social interaction but also create strategic partnerships with other businesses by working together on business projects and exchanging services rather than money for work.
It may be daunting if this type of exchange service is new to you and it’s always wise to ensure the following steps are considered before embarking on new projects.
- Pick the right partner.
Whether it’s a short or long-term project, you want to make sure you’re working with the right person. Ask questions, check referrals and follow your gut.
- Define the purpose.
- Not every collaborative project ends with a big cheque in the end. Define the purpose; state the goal of your collaborative project.
- Write everything down.
- Goals, expectations, responsibilities, project length, contact information, you must write it all down especially for long collaborative projects. When things are left unspoken and undocumented, it leaves the door open for potential problems down the road.
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The Opus Matrix Team