The freelance marketplace has been growing exponentially for the past six years and has been dominated by foreign markets. Initially online project markets were developing a bad reputation with American professionals because American professionals felt they couldn't compete with the wages. They also felt the wages were "sub-par" with the earnings they were used to. Now that the economy has been hit so hard American professionals are considering joining the freelance
marketplace and believe it or not there is quite a niche for professional freelancers that reside in the USA.
One thing American professionals should bear in mind is, just as they are now entering into the online marketplace - so are an increasing number of US based project managers and companies. There are many U.S. based companies that would prefer contractors that reside in their locale or time zone ESPECIALLY if their projects are urgent. If a U.S. based company has a
time sensitive project then it's highly likely that they would want someone that they can communicate with between the normal workday hours of 9-5.
Another benefit they may see in hiring a U.S. based freelancer is someone who can culturally identify with their particular product or brand. Brand development can be highly cultural, especially if your target market is a particular demographic - such as U.S. based moms, or rural families. Depending on who your demographic is, it may be a high priority to hire a contractor whose work can reach home to that audience.
One of the complaints of U.S. based contractors has been the wage and earning difference, so what's the deal with that now? Well as more and more Americans enter the market, the market is certainly now reflecting this, and as demand grows - wages and earnings increase. The system doesn't exactly match the offline job market, but considering the benefits and flexibility it still is one of the most viable choices for workers today.
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