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Pakistan On The Brink of Gaining Competitive Edge in Freelancing.

If you Google “top freelance countries” you will see Pakistan ranking at number 4 in the list. A feat which speaks volume of the freelancers commitment, quality and talent all over the country.

The Freelancing Phenomena:

The long commuting hours to an office and working within restrictions set by the management seem no more attractive to individuals who have the potential to cultivate their innovative spirit. Today’s technology has provided them with initiatives that enable the workforce to become independent of the traditional working dynamics. Freelancing profession provides a wonderful experience for people who wish to work on their own and expand their client base around the globe.

Freelancing has grown over the last decade and has impressively contributed to the global economy. It allows the independent worker to work on several projects and be his/her own boss. It is not exclusive to countries with developed economies; it is emerging as an inspiration for developing economies as well.

Pakistan’s Perspective:

In Pakistan, freelancing has become a great way to increase income and has contributed a lot in the wellbeing of individuals. Online marketplaces such as Upwork.com, Guru.com, fiverr.com and Freelancer.com etc. offer skilled workers to post and bid for projects and make a living irrespective of their location.

Freelancing in Pakistan is growing rapidly and now our country stands fourth in the list of top ten freelancing countries in the world. According to Adam Byrnes, the executive of online marketplace Freelancer.com, “Self-employment that is being provided by the platform includes a significant portion which is contributed by Pakistan”.

It is a platform that connects freelancers from around 247 countries of the world, providing skilled workers to earn in fields such as data entry, writing, software development, and marketing etc.

Pakistan is considered a very important country from freelancing aspect as a growing number of college and university graduates are adopting this profession as their full-time career. According to an estimated research, the estimated value of freelancing that is done from Pakistan lies between US$200-300 million per annum. Freelancers are bringing a lot of income to our country which has provided Pakistan an opportunity to make a shift from an agricultural based country towards a more technical based and educated environment.

While addressing to the 4th Pakistan CIO Summit in Karachi, IT Minister Mrs. Anusha Rehman, said that IT industry in Pakistan is the fastest growing industry and is contributing in the growth sector with a growth rate above 41% during 2014-15. She also stated that the state has offered various inducements for investors in the sector of information technology, with a promise of exemption from taxes.

In order to make “Freelancing” more effective in Pakistan, we need to provide mentors who understand the requirements of freelancers, can share tips, suggestions and assist the starters in this field. People who are experienced can help others to make freelance work a successful career in the long-run. Freelancing has reshaped the lives of many and is on the rise for reshaping the future for many others. It is creating a workforce that is able to support itself in a more respectable manner.

In Pakistan, freelancing has become a great way to increase income and has contributed a lot in the well being of individuals. Online marketplaces such as Upwork.com, fiverr.com, Guru.com, and Freelancer.com etc. offer skilled workers to post and bid for projects and make a living irrespective of their location.
If you Google “top freelance countries” you will see Pakistan ranking at number 4 in the list. A feat which speaks volume of the freelancers commitment, quality and talent all over the country.

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Written by Hisham Sarwar

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