Aside from changing values and attitudes, technological shifts in the global economy are also enabling the rise of independent work.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. The continued emergence and evolution of technology has caused a great impact on the way we live and work. We can find an abundance of information at our fingertips on the internet, connect with others instantly over social media, and buy almost anything through e-commerce.
More importantly, technology has helped grow the on-demand economy whereby consumers can connect to service providers and get their requests addressed in real-time. Websites and applications like Upwork and Freelancer have fuelled the growth of freelance work, opening up opportunities for Independent Doers to meet clients, showcase their skills, collaborate with partners and more – without the traditional need for a corporate support structure.
In addition to the ease of finding projects, new software technology has also enabled Independent Doers to work and collaborate remotely. Useful tools such as Slack, Trello and Podio foster efficient and effective collaborations which can all take place online.
Technology has indeed been a major driving force behind many of the changes we experience today. Independent Doers who are able to optimise the use of technology to aid them in their work will find themselves ahead of the curve.
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