A recent Forbes article states that Blockchain has an enormous potential to change the way freelancing works. The nascent technology could fix the main drawbacks of already existing platforms in the likes of Upwork.
A growing gig economy
Freelancing is becoming increasingly popular because of all the advantages it can offer. As of now, more than 40 percent of Americans are already working remotely, and that figure is projected to grow exponentially in the following years. Freelance is expected to occupy the majority of the US workforce by 2027. Furthermore, freelancers can be more confident about the future since they are more flexible in terms of their skills (meanwhile, more than 54 percent of Americans are not certain whether their job will exist in 20 years).
It is safe to say that Americans are ditching traditional workplaces en masse, and the growth of the freelance workforce is extending far beyond the US – it’s a worldwide phenomenon. However, there are still some issues that have to be addressed, and Blockchain may come in handy.
How can Blockchain help?
Smart contracts represent the first use case of Blockchain in the freelance industry. This disruptive technology allows recording data on an irreversible ledger. Subsequently, it gives an ability to keep track of all projects, reviews and other information that is related to the working experience of certain freelancers.
On top of that, Blockchain can be useful for speeding up transactions and reducing fees that are usually charged by large freelance platforms in the likes of Upwork by cutting out the middlemen. Payments do not have to come directly from a centralized body since they can be seamlessly mitigated with the help of smart contracts.
A slew of industries (from shipping to healthcare) are already adopting Blockchain in order to increase their efficiency. Freelance is not an exception. OpenBazaar and Deconet are giving traditional freelancing platforms a run for traditional exchanges. They allow freelancers to receive money almost instantaneously. Besides, they can be actually paid for their projects, not just for the amount of working hours. Programmers, for instance, can get royalties if their software becomes popular with users. Eventually, Blockchain could create much healthier freelance marketplaces.