As if we needed any more proof, the dream of being your own boss is well and truly alive.
According to the Airtasker Future of Work Research Monitor, 92 per cent of Australians are looking for ways to supplement their income in 2015. And, over two thirds are considering using online sharing economy platforms like Airtasker, Freelancer, UberX and 99designs to do so, the research conducted by Pureprofile says.
Nearly half of all employed Aussies will be on the job hunt this year, with 43.5 per cent of working Australians saying they are either “likely” or “very likely” to look for a new job in 2015.
But rather than shifting from one rigid office to another, it’s these freelancing options that are more appealing than the traditional 9am-5pm office environment.
With 65 per cent of Australians believing that working in a more flexible environment leads to increased motivation and productivity, it’s no wonder more and more are turning to flexible options to get that satisfaction.
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Tim Fung, Airtasker co-founder and CEO says “Australians are increasingly embracing online peer-to-peer platforms to find work which allows them to be their own boss and earn a decent living by capitalising on their skills, from logo design to transport to assembling furniture to even mechanical engineering.”
The popularity of freelancing has definitely increased, with UberX, which allows anyone to become a taxi driver using their own car, adding 1,100 new drivers per month around the country. They’re each driving about 20 hours a week and earning an average of $30 an hour.
“Airtasker is now processing over $10 million worth of jobs per annum from over 200,000 users, ranging from household chores to professional services,” Fung says.
It’s no surprise either, that young people are turning to work for themselves considering the graduate options can be pretty grim.
The latest Graduate Careers Australia survey found that a record 32 per cent of uni graduates who wanted a full-time job had not found one four months after finishing a degree in 2014.
When it comes to what we value the most in a job, the overall ranking in order of importance was pay, flexibility to choose hours, predictability of work and satisfaction of helping others.