I come across my friends who are not aware of the term freelancing? I am so sorry for not mentioning explicitly what freelancing is all about? But the word “Freelancer” itself is so explanatory.
Wikipedia describes freelancer as “a person who is self-employed and is not committed to any employer for a long term.”
Fields in which freelancing is common include: music, journalism, publishing, screenwriting, filmmaking, acting, photojournalism, cosmetics, fragrances, editing, photography, event planning, event management, copy editing, proofreading, indexing, copywriting, computer programming, web design, graphic design, website development, consulting, tour guiding, video editing, video production, translating, illustrating and micro jobs.(from wiki)
Though it is difficult to gather data about all the above trades and conclude the number of freelancers the world has in the above fields, here is a quick infographics which would help you realize some facts about freelancing.
The first and foremost question is why do people freelance. I found this cool infographic from http://www.theblackandblue.com/2011/12/06/freelance-infographics/
The advantages as you see can include, time management, having said that there are no schedule limitations; I would say freelancing is a job where you should be disciplined to the core to get the most of your time.
Yes, there is no commute and most importantly there is no one to boss around (isn’t it a big relief?)
But before taking up freelancing you should know whether you have the capacity of pulling off this responsibility wherein whatever you do establishes you as a brand. You are a budding entrepreneur while being a freelancer so the onus of the business lies solely on you. That demands more than 100% dedication and devotion in whatever you do. The word freelancing has a lot of free spirit to it, but with that free spirit comes a huge responsibility of being yourself. Try it if you dare..:)