In this video we’re going to look at a brief history of outsourcing and freelance and then look at one of the biggest freelance sites today, Upwork, to see how the system operates in the modern world.
Freelance. Have you ever wondered where that word came from? It’s kind of obvious when you look at it: free – lance, a person with a lance who is free. The word appeared in the early 19th century to describe mercenary fighters who were not sworn to any lord: like the famous Ronin warriors of Japan.
And, you know what? The concept hasn’t really changed over the centuries.
In feudal times, mercenary armies were called on for 3 main reasons:
1 – You didn’t have an army
2 – Your army wasn’t big enough for your current problems
3 – You didn’t want to keep paying the army after the war was over
Change those warriors for IT technicians or copywriters and the needs and motivations are almost exactly the same.
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