According to Freelancers Union, an insurance provider and general resource for freelance workers, freelancing now constitutes one-third of the national workforce and about 42 million workers overall. Thanks in no small part to the internet, which has made connecting workers and clients easier than ever, freelancing has exploded across the country and around the world.

This has created benefits for both freelancers and businesses, including creating new opportunities for freelance writers and artists and facilitating long-distance business relationships. Interestingly, the term “freelance” was coined by Sir Walter Scott in his 1820 novel Ivanhoe, in which he described a “medieval mercenary warrior” as a “free-lance.”

Today, freelancers are typically fewer knights-errant and instead more akin to writers, graphic artists or illustrators, web developers, or other programmers and marketers. Many companies are taking advantage of using freelancers, and while most are paid by the job, some freelancers are paid hourly.

How are freelance workers clocking in outside of the office? Easy! All you need is an online time clock and all your employees, whether full-time or freelance, can track their hours from any computer or smartphone, even out of the office, out of state or out of the country.

If you need to track the hours of a freelance worker, or a telecommuting employee of any kind, use Fingercheck’s time clock application for an easy and efficient way to manage all your time tracking and payroll needs.

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