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FriAug 16

National Independent Worker Day – August 16, 2024

National Independent Worker Day takes place on August 16 to honor freelancers, independent contractors, small business owners, and others who have decided to work independently. We live in a society where traditional full-time occupations are the norm, yet the modern workplace is evolving, and there is a growing change in the nature of work.. Independent workers have been denied national recognition for far too long. The contributions of America’s independent workers should be recognized because they embody the ideas and values of our country’s declaration of independence by exemplifying what it means to be self-sufficient.

History of National Independent Worker Day

The United States recognizes and honors millions of freelancers, self-employed people, small business owners, contractors and others. The term ’freelancer’ is widely credited to Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe in 1820 to describe a “medieval mercenary warrior” or ’free-lance’ meaning that the lance is not sworn to any lord’s services, it does not imply that the lance is available for free. The word first appeared in Thomas N. Brown’s 1809 book “The Life and Times of Hugh Miller.” Around the 1860s, ’freelance’ became a figurative noun, and authorities in etymology, such as the Oxford English Dictionary, acknowledged it as a verb in 1903.

In the United States, the group of independent workers consists of people who belong to different age groups,possess a different range of skills and gain different levels of income. They all have a strong desire to be self-sufficient. This is not a group to dismiss or undervalue. The independent workforce is a powerful economic group that generates trillions of dollars for the United States economy. It is a robust, growing, and evolving segment.

In 2019, iPSE-U.S., the Association of Independent Workers, established the Independent Worker Day. The I.P.S.E. is a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1999 under the name Professional Contractors Group (P.C.G.) as a protest group against the IR35 tax statute and later became a representative group for freelancing in the United Kingdom. In September 2014, the P.C.G. changed its name to I.P.S.E. and expanded its constituency to include all 4.3 million freelance and self-employed employees in the United Kingdom.

National Independent Worker Day timeline

The First Appearance of the Word ‘Freelancer’

The word first appears in Thomas N. Brown's book, “The Life and Times of Hugh Miller.”

The Word is Recognized

The Oxford English Dictionary acknowledges the word ‘freelance’ as a verb in.

A Name Change

In September, the Professional Contractors Group changes its name to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed.

National Independent Worker Day

iPSE-U.S., the Association of Independent Workers, establishes National Independent Worker Day.

National Independent Worker Day FAQs

How do I start freelancing?

First and foremost, you need to be able to define how the skills you possess can help potential clients. Second, you need to be able to acquire the targeted clients you already have in mind. Third, you need to be able to highlight your past job experiences, projects, and achievements to clients by creating a job portfolio so they know you are competent in the field you are offering your services in. Fourth, it’s important to develop a good price for your freelancing services, which will require you to look into what your competitors are charging for their services.

How are self-employed people taxed?

If your net profits from self-employment were $400 or more, you must file an income tax return. In addition to standard income tax, freelancers will have to pay a 15.3% self-employment tax in 2021.

What are the disadvantages of being a freelancer?

Freelancing has downsides, such as lack of benefits, accountability, initial cash development, as well as client development.

National Independent Worker Day Activities

  1. Help a small business succeed

    Small business owners spend time and effort curating their items to meet the needs of their clients. Use this day to show your support for a small business and to encourage them.

  2. Post on social media

    Share your tale online if you are a freelancer, self-employer, or an independent worker. If you aren't, and you know someone who is, tell them about it today!

  3. Show off your talent

    Today is for all self-employed people, regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender, or religion. Take advantage of this chance to show off your skills so don’t sell yourself short.

5 Interesting Facts About Freelancers

  1. Most freelancers are female

    Women make up the majority (about 70%) of freelancers.

  2. Different career levels

    Contrary to popular belief, a survey found that freelancers can be found in all career levels, from entry-level jobs to owner- or executive-level jobs.

  3. A major economic force

    The self-employed sector is a major economic force, contributing $1.28 trillion to the United States economy in 2018.

  4. 36% of workers are freelancers

    In the United States, there are 56 million freelancers, or around 36%, of the overall employed individuals.

  5. Different income resources

    Approximately 25% of freelancers hold a full-time job, meaning that they are not only reliant on their full-time positions for their source of income.

Why We Love National Independent Worker Day

  1. It encourages jobs that aid in income supplementation

    To boost their income, independent workers use their work as a side hustle. This group grew by 6.3% to 15 million people in 2019, an increase of more than 40% since 2016.

  2. Self-employed workers boost the economy

    Independent workers have been found to contribute to a country's revenue. In 2019, self-employed employees contributed $1.3 trillion to the United States economy, which is nearly equivalent to Spain's whole G.D.P.

  3. It honors self-employed workers

    With International Worker Day usually observed for more traditional workers in May, independent workers get their own day in August. They deserve it!

National Independent Worker Day dates

2024August 16Friday
2025August 16Saturday
2026August 16Sunday
2027August 16Monday
2028August 16Wednesday

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