Freelancing is a tempting route if you want more control over your career path, but just where will your competition come from? Freelance exchange site Freelancer.com recently signed up its 3 millionth user, and provided Lifehacker with some interesting statistics to mark the occasion.
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When ranking the site by users overall, the top five participating countries aren't entirely surprising:
India: 26% United States: 15% Pakistan: 5% United Kingdom: 4% Philippines: 4%
However, there are somewhat different top five lists when it comes to employers versus employees. Here's the employer rankings:
United States United Kingdom Australia Canada India
And here's the employee list:
India United States Pakistan Bangladesh Ukraine
As an Australian freelancer, that's mixed news: there are clearly people hiring from across the globe, but Australia's dominance as a hirer doesn't seem immediately matched with a similar number of local employees. More simply, it looks like lower-cost South-East Asian providers appeal more to local businesses.
Whether you can make a living this way might depend on the skills you offer. These are the busiest categories on the site, which is a two-edged sword: there's plenty of demand, but competition will be tight:
PHP Website Design Graphic Design Data Entry Internet Marketing
Any move into freelancing requires careful consideration, but it can be a good way to earn extra money or kick-start a career.