Unleashing the Potential of Freelancing: A New Economic Frontier for Better Opportunities
Over the past decade, the world of work has undergone a significant shift, with more and more individuals choosing to work independently as freelancers.
Freelancing is a type of self-employment where individuals work independently for different clients on a project-by-project basis, rather than being employed by a single company. Since the rise of freelancing, individuals have been able to work on projects that align with their interests and passions while setting their own schedules and working from anywhere. In recent years, freelancing has increasingly become a viable option for many people in the Western Balkans, who value autonomy and the ability to work on projects they are passionate about. There have been a number of challenges surrounding this unregulated digital marketplace in the region, such as a lack of awareness and understanding of the benefits and how it works for freelancers, a lack of security, a non-favorable regulatory and institutional environment, and so on.
In order to improve the situation and rectify these challenges, RECONOMY facilitated the design and implementation of a pilot intervention in North Macedonia. The intervention aimed at improving the skills of women and young people, including the most disadvantaged and excluded, to engage in effective online work through tailor-made trainings and mentorship programs from experienced freelancers.