Job security is an illusion.
I’ve said this before. But, lemme rap a little more on it, because if you watch trends, it’s becoming more and more obvious, in my 1000% biased mind, that…
Soon, the standard tech job will be mostly obsolete.
Every year, Upwork puts out a “state of freelancing” report where they break down the raw data related to freelancing and independent contracting work.
In 2017, 36% of the U.S. workforce was freelancing.
By 2027, the majority of the U.S. workforce will freelance.
More than that, 54% of the U.S. workforce said they’re not very confident that the work they do will exist 20 years from now. But only 30% are retraining themselves now.
Among those who do freelance…
63% believe a diversified portfolio of clients…
Is more secure than one employer.
And, they’re right.
If you look at Fortune 500 companies, the trends are abysmal. In 1955, the average life expectancy of a Fortune 500 company was 75 years.
Today… it’s 15 years.
90% of startups fail.
Most within the first year.
If you’re banking on getting a “good job” with a “big company” or a startup and that being your meal ticket for the next 20-30 years.
That security you feel… is an illusion.
Truth is, those companies go out of business all the time. Startups are even more fleeting. To me, building your OWN thing that YOU control…
Is the only real security you can get.
Yes, it takes a lot of work.
Yes, there are ups and downs.
Yes, clients can be… ahem… “fun”, at times.
But, in my mind, that’s a helluva lot better than fooling yourself into believing you’re set only to have the rug pulled out from underneath you when you least expect it.
Plus, you set your own hours.
Only work on the things YOU want to.
Charge what YOU want.
Take time off when you want.
Instead of being beholden to some “tech-brooo” CEO.
At least, that’s how it is when you master the art of “client-getting”. But, so many developers and freelancers, in general, struggle with this.
I’ve noticed it’s kind of a desperate mindset.
Almost begging for work.
Like the weird guy at the bar…
Just standing there…
Hoping some hot girl just falls in his lap.
You compare that with the people who understand attraction and how to get clients to chase them… and it’s a totally different mindset.
They’re the picky ones.
They qualify the client…
Not the other way around.
There’s ZERO desperation.
Anyway, I was fortunate enough to get thrown into the fire of face-to-face sales when I was 20. And, had a mentor who taught me everything he knew.
And then, apply that to my own freelancing.
And, the big secret is…
Sales is a process.
It’s not some magical thing that you’re either “born with” or you’re not. Sure, some people are more naturally outgoing than others and that can help.
But, I’m 100% an introvert…
And, I kicked the pants off some of those guys…
When, I did face-to-face sales.
All because I was dogged about the process.
And, the best part for developers… is we’re naturally linear, process-oriented thinkers. So, when we “get” a process… boy can we run that s!@#.
So, you can get damn good at it.
In any case, this is what I teach you in my Freelancing on Upwork course. It’s more than just Upwork. It’s fundamental sales skills applied to freelancing.
And yes, it’s working for people right now, like this:
“John’s class is fantastic! It’s a thorough look into what’s required to build a strong profile in Upwork. It also covers making pitches, asking for the sale, and building trust with your potential clients. If you’re serious about building a freelancing career with Upwork and are willing to put in the work to put together a quality profile, John will give you what you need. Thank you John!” — Daegan Stuart
“A must for those who want to embark on home based jobs.” — Ma. Rosella N Remigio
“I got immediate results… from a client the first day i changed a few things applying the tips he gives.” — Lona t.
So, obviously, this stuff works.
And, you can get started with the course for nothing on SkillShare. As a teacher, I can give you a 2-month, no-cost trial. You can take the FULL course in that time.
Cancel any time before the 2 months is up.
And, never pay a penny.
I don’t know, seems like it’s worth a shot.
But, up to you.
This isn’t some magic “trick” that suddenly makes everything better. It takes work. It takes some thinking and researching. It takes “want-to”.
So, if you’re not ready to work…
It’ll be a waste of your time.
Anyway, link is here: https://skl.sh/2OIxQrO