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National Freelancers Day – June 15, 2023

National Freelancers Day is celebrated on the third Thursday in June. This year, it takes place on June 15. On this day, we celebrate, honor, and cherish all the freelancers including independent professionals, interims, and self-employed people across the United Kingdom. Did you know that there are more than 2.2 million freelancers in the U.K.? Yes, they contribute billions of pounds every year to the economy of the United Kingdom. So, if you’re a freelancer who juggles projects on a daily basis while also enjoying your life, this day is for you!

History of National Freelancers Day

National Freelancers Day is a major business event in the United Kingdom. On this day all the freelancers and self-employed people take time to reflect on the amazing things they have accomplished in the previous year and look forward to the year ahead.

Whether you are a rookie freelancer or a veteran freelancer, this day is for all who make and follow their own terms. This day aims to highlight the value of freelancers to the economy of the U.K., celebrate the value of freelancing as a viable career option, and encourage the government to improve transparency and justice in the freelance tax system.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (I.P.S.E.) is the voice of the U.K’s self-employed population. Interestingly, the I.P.S.E. has provided a useful definition for freelancers. As per the definition, freelancers can be neither employers nor employees. They are skilled professional workers who provide their service to their clients and have a commercial relationship with the clients.

On National Freelancers Day, the I.P.S.E. broadcasts interviews with prominent professionals who examine freelancing and its impact on society in the U.K. The I.P.S.E. also ensures that the government represents freelancers and self-employed people in the U.K.

Most people around the world think of freelancing as something that is not equal to a full-time job in a company. But in reality, freelancing is a valid career choice and has an amazing community and support network. Today, one in seven people in the U.K. are freelancers and this community is growing strongly!

National Freelancers Day timeline

1999
The P.C.G.

The Professional Contractors Group is established.

2014
The P.C.G. Becomes the I.P.S.E.

The P.C.G. changes its name to the I.P.S.E and broadens its vision.

2021
National Freelancers Day

Freelancers across the U.K. celebrate the biggest National Freelancers Day ever.

2022
Growth of the Freelancing Community

The freelancing community grows larger as more and more people show their interest in becoming freelancers.

National Freelancers Day FAQs

Is freelancing legal?

Yes, freelancing is absolutely legal across the U.K., as long as the service you provide is legit and considered legal.

What skills do I need for freelancing?

Apart from the primary skill that your service revolves around, you also need communication skills, marketing skills, and negotiation skills.

What kind of jobs can you freelance for?

There are no set boundaries on jobs that one can do freelance. It can be anything from singing to copywriting to financial advising.

National Freelancers Day Activities

  1. Become a freelancer

    Well, if you are not a freelancer, this is the perfect day to try freelancing. Take a skill you’re good at and advertise your services. You’ll find a client to work with in no time!

  2. Register for National Freelancers Day

    You can register for National Freelancers Day 2022 via www.nationalfreelancersday.com. There, you can play back all the video sessions as well as stream the new one.

  3. Join a workshop

    On National Freelancers Day, the I.P.S.E. will conduct interactive workshops across the country. You can join these workshops.

5 Facts About Freelancing That Everyone Should Know

  1. Most freelancers are women

    In the U.S., women make up more than half of the freelancer population.

  2. Freelancers work hard

    Freelancers are reported to work for more than 40 hours a week, which is actually more than a full-time job.

  3. Freelancers by 2027

    According to recent research, the majority of workers will freelance in at least some capacity by 2027.

  4. Freelancers earn more

    Most freelancers feel that they earn more than they did at their job with a traditional employer.

  5. Freelancers by choice

    More than half of the freelancers started freelancing by choice as opposed to necessity.

Why We Love National Freelancers Day

  1. It is a much-needed day

    National Freelancers Day is a much-needed day. It recognizes freelancers and other self-employed workers who play a significant part in the growth of the U.K.’s economy.

  2. It connects freelancers

    You can join in any event that takes place on National Freelancers Day and enjoy the day. This will bring you new opportunities for you to connect with other people from the freelance community.

  3. Free and useful sessions

    By registering with the I.P.S.E., you can get free exclusive access to the one-day virtual event and the session recordings. These sessions are delivered by skilled speakers.

National Freelancers Day dates

YearDateDay
2022June 16Thursday
2023June 15Thursday
2024June 20Thursday
2025June 19Thursday
2026June 18Thursday

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