While the year of 2008 might have been a bit bumpy, many contractors are looking ahead to 2009 with great optimism. An accounting group known as JSA which works with contractors conducted a survey and the results were quite surprising. Nearly 40 per cent of contractors that participated in the survey said they are looking to make more money in 2009 than they did in the previous year. This is despite the fact that the economy is showing few signs of improving anytime soon.
The survey noted that more than half of respondents thought that it was possible that they could lose their current contract, but felt they would easily be able to replace it with a new one.
Rick Flood who is the Sales and Marketing Director with JSA said “Despite the tide of gloom that is encircling the world at the moment, freelancers tend to have a level-headed resilience and positive attitude that is a basic requirement for survival when you are literally out there on your own, with none of the support mechanisms of full time employment.”
The optimism expressed by freelance contractors was particularly surprising because the majority of respondents expected there to be fewer jobs available to them overall. Around 55 per cent noted that they were hoping to work more hours in 2009 than they did in 2008. One notable statistic that the survey produced is that nearly 95 per cent of respondents are confident in their abilities.