There has never been a day dedicated to the freelance community in the United States until now. National Freelancers Day, observed on the second Friday of March, was created by Robinhood as an opportunity to recognise freelancers for their often-overlooked efforts.
The first Friday in March is Employee Appreciation Day, which is observed by nearly all professions. National Freelancers Day is a time to recognise and support the shift in the workforce, as well as those who are pursuing their passions, such as shop owners, graphic designers, and taxi drivers. This community contributes $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy as a whole.
The background of National Freelancers Day
As part of the celebrations for National Freelancers Day, Robinhood is asking freelancers to tell us what inspired them to become a freelancer for the chance to receive funds deposited into their Robinhood account. Those chosen may spend, save, or invest the funds as they see fit. To learn more, I visited nationalfreelancersdayus.com.
Since ancient times, skilled artisans and tradespeople have worked independently or in small groups across the globe. The majority of the early American economy consisted of small businesses and independent contractors. The rise of the knowledge economy and technological advancements in the 20th century made freelance work more accessible and prevalent. Internet expansion and the development of digital platforms have made it simpler for freelancers to find work and connect with clients.
Currently, millions of Americans work independently in a variety of fields, contributing significantly to the economy. Freelance work has numerous advantages, such as flexibility and independence, but it also presents challenges, such as financial instability and difficulty gaining access to benefits such as healthcare and retirement savings.
National Freelancers Day is intended to be a celebration of the modern workforce, as an increasing number of people rely on freelance work and the gig economy to earn a living.