The freelance software and IT services industry is booming, with nearly 10 million freelancers worldwide, according to the International Association of Freelancers (IAF).
In the past year, there have been a whopping 4.5 million new freelancers added to the marketplace, and the number of freelancers who are actively seeking work in the field is up by 10 percent over the past 12 months.
The number of job seekers seeking employment in the sector has been steadily growing in recent years, according the IAF, with a projected growth rate of 7.7 percent over 2014.
The growth is not only in the freelancing sector; there’s also a burgeoning number of software jobs for programmers.
While it is difficult to know how many people are actively looking for these jobs in particular, it’s estimated that there are more than 3.2 million people in the U.S. who want to work in software development.
The numbers speak to a very vibrant, thriving, and very competitive industry, but a lot of these jobs are currently filled by a shrinking pool of workers.
As technology continues to improve, there are many more opportunities to reach out to freelance writers, and we’re seeing a lot more of that happening.
In this article, we’ll break down the major freelancing sites in the industry, what’s new, and which freelancers are finding success with the jobs they’re looking for.