100 Ways Freelancers are changing our culture

It doesn’t take very long these days to come across articles and activities showing freelancing on the rise.  Almost everyone you talk to seems to be involved in some type of freelancing activity, whether just starting out and getting involved in something new, taking an activity already being worked on to the next level, already doing professionally, or at minimum recognizing and supporting others who are.

To help show the scale of how much it’s happening, here’s a quick list that describes some of these changes, obviously some more so than others depending on your environment.  These are a combination of types of work or activities, examples of changes in progress as well as what you could call personality traits or tendencies that can carry over to other aspects of a culture.

  1. When the going gets tough, the tough get freelancing.
  2. Interconnectedness and sustainability.
  3. Awareness from others about the freelancing profession.
  4. Embracing the new by necessity, new skills, new customers, new relationships, new problems… new solutions.
  5. Choosing more free time over a bigger paycheck.
  6. Can look to Don Quixote as inspiration, one could say has certain characteristics other freelancers could relate to.
  7. Increased DIY activities, as your freelancing mentality becomes ingrained in the brain.
  8. More freelancing community education, such as this radio show in Chicago.
  9. Never a dull moment.
  10. Getting more stuff done from home, hopefully not agoraphobia but rather more focused creativity to be shared later.
  11. More e-commerce activity.
  12. Online education activities.
  13. Legal issues being addressed, more understood.
  14. Staying healthy when working from home.
  15. Can wear many hats on the same head.
  16. Businesses hiring freelancers more frequently.
  17. If nothing else, one of best ways to get lots of interesting stories, it seems your best writers have a fairly strong freelancing perspective.
  18. People choosing to freelance vs small business.
  19. Survival skills enhanced on a daily basis.
  20. If comedy follows tragedy, freelancers always have lots of laugh about.
  21. A greater variety of work environments and customers.
  22. Introvert personalities excelling in freelancing.
  23. Freelancers buy more books, more important to be an expert at what you do, and likewise end up writing more books.
  24. Professional photography done by more freelancers
  25. Ambitious towards creativity.
  26. Often started from passion or purpose.
  27. Rarely idle by choice.
  28. More co-working activities and environments being made available.
  29. Masters of multitasking while detesting the distractions to be able to focus on the work needing to be done.
  30. Appreciation of living simply, minimalistic lifestyle.  After all, if you have to work harder for what you get, will probably not be quite as eager to waste it.
  31. Freelancing working complimentary with other creative endeavors.
  32. Less debt, more of a pay as you go mindset, or the old “no bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings” saying.
  33. A new hunter gatherer society.
  34. Using local food growers, healthier.
  35. New local, manufacturing with 3D printers.
  36. Using the Internet to find new or niche customers.
  37. Less cars needed for a family, less energy costs.
  38. Freelancing from rural areas.
  39. Telecommuting increasing to lower business office space cost and provide flexible time and location accommodations.
  40. Working environments for diverse creativity.
  41. Learning when to say no.
  42. New financial solutions becoming available.
  43. Freelancers becoming the modern day entrepreneur.
  44. Can better understand new environments.
  45. Able to think outside the box for unglued solutions.
  46. Ability to move on, looking forward.
  47. Better understanding of others, including customers and partners.
  48. Appreciate ability to fail fast, not repeat mistakes.
  49. Can more easily cut strings, drop baggage, start new projects.
  50. Mentor relationships are encouraged in various projects, sometimes leading, sometimes following.
  51. More productive and efficient, no free lunch.
  52. Ability to balance the big picture as well as the task of the moment.
  53. Increased awareness of independent business activities.
  54. More creators, less rubes.
  55. Learning the ropes, becoming magicians, tricks of the trade.
  56. Music teachers.
  57. More play at work for a healthier lifestyle
  58. Changes in compensation with freelancing from a commodity to a profession.
  59. With more people engaged, more opportunities for sharing fellow struggles.
  60. Social stationery artistic professions.
  61. Technological artisans for the craft of code.
  62. Modern day medieval mercenary warriors.
  63. Nobody asks freelancers for campaign contributions.
  64. Event coordination and management activities.
  65. Culture clashes, Big Mac vs Dried Squid?
  66. More niches being catered to.
  67. Weddings using freelancers for lower costs.
  68. Specialty freelance writers.
  69. Scrapbook design consultants.
  70. New ideas and distribution channels for freelance painters.
  71. Adept to organizing chaotic environments.
  72. Different types of financial systems, such as bartering.
  73. Less dependence on physical location.
  74. Software development.
  75. Website design.
  76. More people being their own boss.
  77. Flexible to adapt to new problems or opportunities.
  78. Increasing home health care.
  79. Larger basic skill sets to work with.
  80. Quitting regular jobs to take up freelancing.
  81. Everyone’s a Filmmaker, at least in Egypt.
  82. Opportunity for increased income through setting your own wages.
  83. Make more money versus regular employees as employers do not deduct taxes from your payment as well as other benefits normally included.
  84. Juggling many freelancing personalities.
  85. Consultant work with past and new businesses.
  86. More independent clothing design and manufacture, adaptable for different locations.
  87. An appreciation or respect of the journey is more than a word defined by tourists.
  88. Where nobody has a job and everyone works.
  89. Closer ties with local communities, as the best customers or relationships can be nearby for complimentary or even bartering type relationships.
  90. Less to zero dress codes.
  91. Combining vacations with work opportunities, does that make work a vacation?
  92. Business process outsourcing.
  93. Flexibility for holiday and vacation time.
  94. Hard working, embedded in perseverance.
  95. Patient, not counting your chickens before they’re hatched.
  96. Are familiar with a holistic perspective.
  97. Translators
  98. Combining a full time job and starting freelancing activities.
  99. The freelancing worldwide bazaar.
  100. Tapping into the left brain, right brain balance for your creative writing mojo.

As with many new experiences, perspectives or filters, their impacts can often times carry over to other areas in your environment.  Which you could say the impact is greater with however big the change was.  Given the already gargantuan change from just transitioning from a regular full-time job to working for yourself, adding into that the fact of so many others doing it at the same time, and the question becomes not just that culture has changed and is changing, but how large and how long will the impacts be made?  Of course, the fact that once people succeed in freelancing or able to be living from their own creation, that ever going back becomes a zero to nil possibility, more likely the activities will just keep growing and start expanding into other complimentary areas.

Have any other ideas of how freelancing is impacting our culture?  Or, which do you think will impact you or your environment the most?