By Yared Akalou | Published on June 26, 2020
Houston is reimagining the future of work. Last month marks the launch of IAmOther50, a site featuring dynamic and forward-looking Houston freelancers that are reshaping the meaning of work and success.
The IAmOther50 website (iamother50.com) highlights freelance work in Houston and calls for local professionals to submit their stories and become featured. The service is free and encourages participants to share their career beginnings, biggest wins, and challenges faced along their journey toward success with freelance jobs in Houston.
Remote work and freelancing in America are moving to new heights, especially amid COVID-19 and its impact on workplace policies and procedures. Upwork’s latest Freelancing in America study revealed that 57 million Americans freelanced in 2019, representing 35 percent of the U.S. workforce. And the freelance workforce is predicted to grow to 50 percent by 2027.
Looking toward this shift, IAmOther50 represents the unconventional side of the coin. It recognizes the need for professionals to elevate beyond one-dimensional profiles and transforms freelancer information into a sophisticated feature piece.
There’s power in a good [freelancer] story.
Storytelling has endless benefits. Aside from its potential to liberate and emotionally heal, storytelling strengthens and individualizes brands and gains its followers’ trust. Writing your story can also inherently evoke self-realization, which would otherwise remain living deep in your subconscious.
In this way, IAmOther50’s mission is clear—to empower freelancers with the gift of storytelling. To give freelancers a platform to be free and thus create their best work. To use this engine to connect freelancers with resources, tools, and most importantly potential clients.
Freelancing will only get better.
The freelance community isn’t just a young people’s game. While 53 percent of Gen Z workers represent the gig economy—which materializes $1 trillion GDP each year—40 percent of Millennial, 31 percent of Gen X, and 29 percent of Baby Boomer workers are also freelancers. The late bloom for freelancing in some generations could be attributed to the advancement of data science and remote work tools, as 77 percent of all freelancers say technology makes freelancing easier.
The truth is that everyone benefits from freelance and remote work. Upwork’s study shows us that 7 out of 10 freelancers say they would move out of big cities if work opportunities remained the same. And 46 percent of people admit freelancing provides the flexibility they needed because personal circumstances are why they aren’t able to work for a traditional employer, such as moms interested in pursuing a career while raising children.
By skipping the stressful resume writing process and viewing your profession as a service rather than a career, you’ll free up the headspace for new creative opportunities. IAmOther50 tells your story, so you can focus on what you do best.
The IAmOther50 founder is from Houston.
Yared Akalou, a proud Houstonian, founded IAmOther50. He regularly advises local talent on career and future of work trends, most recently mentoring founders at The Ion and Founder Institute, Houston. He is also CEO and founder of Alcove Group, and is on a mission to help people create their best work from anywhere.