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The Great Big Croudie Survey

Croud’s network of digital experts is comprised over 1,200 people working in all digital marketing disciplines and spread out pretty much across the globe. We surveyed our Croudies to find out a bit more about how they lived and worked, what mattered most to them as self-employed workers and how they envisioned their careers unfolding in the future.

In the last decade, technological advancements have changed the way in which humans organize and carry out their work in utterly fundamental ways, with some even arguing that what we’re seeing is the most fundamental shift in labor models since the Industrial Revolution.

With personal laptops retailing for as little as 200 dollars and reliable high-speed available everywhere from Boston to a beach in Bali, for many people work has stopped being synonymous with a Monday to Friday, 9-5 gig at the same desk. This way of working is emblematic of significant changes in the labor economy; in the UK alone more than 4.6 million people were registered as self-employed in 2016.

For many millennials, self-employment is the ‘new normal’, one that is no longer the métier solely of creatives or carpenters. Despite the legitimate concerns over what a growing gig economy (*cough*) might mean (*uber*), it continues to be an incredibly attractive option for many who value their own freedom, autonomy, and independence. For example, the majority of the Croudies we surveyed have been entirely self-employed for at least 3 years, (40%), and more than half envisioned themselves working this way for at least the next 10 years.

For more insights into our Croud Network,  click on the image below to see the full version of our Croudie Infographic.

Map of where Freelancers work