To be or not to be a freelancer
Sep Sat, 2020
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Freelancing became a globally-known term, it is no more a vague term or a negligible work genre. Freelancing started as a side source of income for many talents, but a bit by a bit it became normal for many talents to take freelancing as their main source of income, which have put the term on the map and made the world reconsider their perception of freelancing, for example in the US, freelancers represent around 35% of the total working population and they expect that they will represent more than half of the working population by 2027. The EU is no exception for that matter, as the number of freelancers doubled through the period from 2000 to 2014, making them the fastest growing working group in the EU labor market. The freelancing market size is estimated to exceed 1.5 trillion USDs globally, so we can confidently state that freelancing is a major economy contributor and will continue growing even more, but the question remains where does Egypt stand among all of this?


Maybe when it comes to Egyptian talents, they are far ahead either from a quality or value for the money perspectives, they are out there, hunting accounts locally and internationally; but when it comes to the social perception of those freelancers or the national support they are getting, Egypt truly falls behind. Maybe it is because that we can not understand how the freelancing market operates, or that we do not know how to support it and maximize the mutual benefit for all of the stakeholders. 


Egypt stills regards the freelancer as a man of no social security, a man of no consistent income, but what is the difference between a business owner and a freelancer? Frankly speaking, both of them have no consistent source of income for that matter, as both of them are affected by the market, so why would the society regard one as an elite individual while the other as a Rank-B citizen?

In our point of view, the problem originates from the default that we have not thought about how to support or benefit from those freelancers. For example, one of the things that have excelled and encouraged the growth of the freelancing work force, is the governmental support and the social perception that the freelancer is registered as a self-employed personnel, as if he were an entrepreneur. EU-countries as well as North America and many others deduct an income percentage or take monthly secuirty fees in return for social security, medical insurance, retirement pension and other benefits to grant them a stabler lifestyle. 


So putting all of those variables into consideration, why have we founded Freelance Yard?