Culture helps people understand who they are and how they can improve their lives. For instance, consider the 1990s-working culture and reflect on yourself as a freelancer. Today, freelance culture is about depending on each other, establishing informal networks as well as maintenance systems. As a freelancer, you need to be part of a group of workers who develop sustainable professions, groups as well as establishments that will support you in the long term. Online workers are just not freelancers; they are a group of workers in the 21st century.
Consider the meaning of work 20-30 years ago when public workers were highly respected because of the benefits that came with being a worker. Conversely, today, freelancers are compelled to thrive in an unpredictable environment in which they do not have job security, pension, health insurance benefits and many other challenges (no pensions, no holidays, no sick leave, no bonuses etc.). The good news is that freelancers have the potential to create wealth, improve their lives if they come together, and embrace the freelance culture.
Workers in the 1990s transformed their society and economy by creating strong unions that enabled them to enjoy benefits of working. As freelancers, you have an opportunity today to take advantage of your informal networks, freedom and liveliness and existing technology to change your lives. You need loans to establish businesses, invest, buy land and protect your future just like other workers.
Freelancers are driven by freelance culture standards: trust, acceptability and connectedness. Freelancing gives you the strength to transform your financial life to address your needs as a member of the new work culture. The significant thing to remember is that, freelance work is a new culture and thus, members of this culture can take advantage of its strengths: freelancers are networked and connected.
You cannot depend on the current environment or traditional institutions to meet your needs. You must create your institutions tailored to address your needs and ensure that you teach other freelancers and share with them to preserve the freelance culture and its sustenance. You must think about your life based on your new mutual needs and understanding. Based on these ideas, you must evaluate your unmet needs, create solutions for the way to transform society and make the solutions work by being an active participant.
You must understand your priorities, values and obligations to understand and define the freelance culture.
Consider a traditional worker today and other workers in the past three decades, what sets you apart? Share your insights.