By Dana Sanchez
The freelance workforce is growing three times faster than the total workforce as full-time employees leave jobs in search of more control over what they do and who they work for.
Job expectations are evolving and technology makes freelance work easier to find, said Mary Meeker, a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Meeker presented her annual Internet Trends Report at Recode’s Code Conference 2018. You can read the full transcript here.
Flexibility is the No. 1 non-monetary benefit workers want, Meeker said. Her 2018 report focuses on the importance of freelancing as a tectonic shift in how people work.
Talent platforms such as Upwork (with 16 million freelancers) and Toptal have made it easier for businesses to find freelancers.
Toptal is a network of freelance software developers, designers, and finance experts. The company has a rigorous screening process and says it accepts fewer than 3 percent of the 100,000-plus people who apply to join the Toptal network each year.
Toptal claims to have precision in connecting companies with freelancers.