Can you believe it?
About 15 million of Indians are freelancers! Means they work during their own hours and make handy income. As we take the total population into consideration, it is about 15% who chose not to have a white collar job but to earn lucrative revenues in a much more convenient manner.
If you are a person who wants to step forward to this alluring position, you need to figure out the freelancing trends, especially in India. That’s exactly what this article is crafted for.
Freelance Jobs in India; Why the Whopping Number?
First, I want to walk you through the causes that brought the number of Indian freelancers all the way up to 15 million, just below the US.
#1. People Started Taking Risks
The aim of a typical Indian young person was to secure a government job lately. But today, the scene has been completely changed that people started taking risks. The primary reason is the awareness people got about freelancing.
Comparing the average income of a freelancer with that of a regular office worker, you will find the latter to be a dime.
The good news is that the society began understanding the same. So chances are less for you to receive an odd look when you say you are a freelancer.
The national and regional media took a great initiative in this regard as they have published the success stories of some high profile freelancers. Apparently, freelance jobs in India become lucrative.
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#2. The Vigorous Upswing in the Number of Internet Users
In 2010, there were only 92 million internet users in India (7.5% of the population) where as today it is more than 462 million, making it 35% percent of the whole population! And, India has the best growth rate among all the other countries as well.
The sudden increase in the number of internet users has a great role in intensifying the affection of Indians towards freelancing. Do you know how?
More than any media, the success stories of online freelancers go viral on the web. So chances are high for an internet user to read them as well. That’s how they get to know about the whole new freelancing and getting paid for working from home system. You too may relate to this.
Higher the internet users, greater will be the people who get to know about freelancing. Apparently, a lot of them think to start their own freelancing empire, and a decent percent of them do as well.
#3. Startup Revolution
During the last few years, India has seen a quick increase in the number of startups. Youth’s shouldering-the-risk mentality turned their dream ideas into products and services. That’s how the startup revolution was begun.
For a startup, it’s hard to find a working space and real-time team because of the lack of authenticity. So the startup guys started hiring remote freelancers more often than not, be it for writing content, developing their website, designing their logo whatever. And, the number of freelance jobs in India increased.
Apparently, it aided the upswing of the number of Indian freelancers.
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The Current Trend in the Indian Freelance Domain
Here in Truelancer, we have got about 300,000 freelancers with more than 60% Indians. And an in-depth look into the category of work they offer revealed an interesting fact.
IT and programming are what pay the bill for a large number of freelancers then come graphic designing and content writing on the list.
And, the global trend is not much different either. The survey conducted by Payoneer also depicted the lead of IT and programming.
The number of freelance jobs in India is increasing on a great market every day making the country a gracing field of home hustlers.
One of the Payoneer surveys showed the distinct male dominance in freelancing. ‘Among the 15 million of Indian freelancers, 78% are men’ says the study.
Though less in number, we know some top-notch female freelancers here in Truelancer who get paid way higher than men. And, the ratio is being gradually equalized with the change in society’s point of view about women.
The same survey revealed an interesting fact about the age of freelancers as well. The most number of freelancers are aged between 20 and 29 whereas the least go over 60+.
With time, we predict equalization here as well because those in their 20s will move to 30s, 40s and so on. And by that time, there will be new sprouts for sure.
Rate per Hour
The average income from freelance jobs in India is $19 per hour. The people who offer legal services charge the most, though ($31/ hour)
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The Future of Freelancing in India
The state of freelancing study of Contently found an exciting fact about freelancing in 2015. They studied a number of freelancers and interviewed them.
One of the questions was ‘how long do you plan on freelancing’? Due to the unsteady income and lack of security, you may think most of them replied with a shorter period. But it was not the case!
About 67 percent of freelancers said they would be doing it for at least ten years. I don’t think the scenario is subjected to change when we consider the national situation either.
When we take the number of internet users, startups, and new websites into consideration, no one can say that freelance jobs in India are at stake.
The initial days of a freelancer are cumbersome as they find it hard to land clients.
Don’t worry! We have got your back as a community to bring in the freelancers and employers under one roof. Whenever you feel the lack of clients, log in to your Truelancer dashboard and start sealing deals within no time.
India has come a long way to be one of the top performing freelance countries. We hope you figured it out here from the article.
Are you a freelancer? Well, work on a regular basis to beat your office going friend’s income.
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Rahul has been working as a freelance writer for 2 years and helping the business owners find their targeted audience with the spellbinding power of words.