Below we explore which cities may be better than others when it comes to succeeding in the freelance world.
1. San Francisco, California
San Francisco can be called the headquarters of the gig economy, with many successful on-demand workforce companies, including heavyweights and bitter rivals Uber and Lyft.
According to the city controller’s report, ‘The Gig Economy in San Francisco,” approximately 27% of the workforce in SF is self-employed. Professional services, arts, construction, and finance thrive in the city.
SF has reached a tipping where a vast population is using services provided by freelancers on a regular basis. More than simply part of the economy, it’s part of the culture.
Austin has shown remarkable progress with respect to the freelance workforce.
3. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston has been able to capitalize on enthusiastic investors, an inclination towards technology, and an unmatched collection of universities for a city its size. TaskRabbit, amongst other companies, has made Boston a mecca for independent contractors.
According to a report in Metro Daily News, about 60 percent of gig workers who left traditional employment in Massachusetts earned more freelancing. This state has been instrumental in designing venture capital funding systems which have given way to several tech, computer and bio firms.
4. Chicago, Illinois
The windy city provides a thriving environment for start-ups which leads to more contractor based projects. Angel List has a list of almost 2000 Chicago start-ups that rely on freelancers and contractors for short projects. Chicago has long been a hub for many industries for years because of it’s location next to lake Michigan and proximity to the Mississippi river. It only makes sense to continue the trend in modern times.
The gig economy is spreading across the nation and is by no means limited though it thrives in more concentrated metro areas. But, the trend is catching on in rural areas as well. Smaller cities may also be more conducive to certain startups or freelancer who may have a harder go at it in larger cities, where competition is fierce.
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