The Number of Independent Workers is on the Rise!

I came across some interesting statistics today and found it interesting to know that the workforce is changing….

“Peter Clayton, producer/host of TotalPicture Radio, a popular career and leadership development podcast, Vonk said, “The number of independent workers has more than tripled from only six percent of the total workforce in 1980 to nearly 20 percent of the workforce in 2010.”

Clayton observed that many seasoned executives impacted by the recent recession were starting their own businesses. Vonk confirmed this trend: “There is enormous growth in independent contracting, freelancing and the solopreneur world…it is anticipated that more than 50 percent of people who have been unemployed during this past recession…will find their way back into the workforce as independents.”

In addition, Vonk reports that only 59 percent of the current total workforce has a “permanent job” and the statistical life expectancy of a traditional job in today’s market is less than four years, compared to 15 years in the ’80s, adding: “Although no one feels secure in their job anymore, many people do believe they can capitalize on their skills.”

The time to start your own business is NOW. ConferenceDirect will provide top notch training, tools, technology and along with your depth of hospitality knowledge, it could be a life changing experience!  What are you waiting for?

Why ConferenceDirect?

As I started to contemplate going back to work after the birth of my son, I knew that I needed to find a job that offered more flexibility than that of a hotel sales position in which I had held for the previous 9 years.  I knew I wanted to stay in the industry that had given me the opportunity to meet and work with so many fascinating people, businesses and associations…yet I also wanted to find the right balance of being available for my family.  ConferenceDirect has turned out to be the best career decision I have ever made.  I am proud to work for a forward thinking company that strives for honesty, integrity and the highest industry standards.  As a Recruiting Manager, I am reaffirmed on a daily basis when hotel and CVB sales people tell me how much they enjoy working with the professionals on our team.

In addition to the working with my clients to negotiate the best locations and packages for their meetings, I strive to help build our company with the best of the best in our industry.  I enjoy educating people about the benefits of working with ConferenceDirect and assisting them to put a plan in place for a successful transition.  To know that I am helping someone possibly achieve a better quality of life and at the same time embark on a very rewarding career, brings me great satisfaction.  I am very confident that ConferenceDirect offers the best tools, training and technology in our space.  Combined with the support of our extremely experienced team, we have found the recipe for success.

For CD, the future is bright.  As we grow our team with the best industry talent, our Account Executives  continue to find ways to stay current by provide cutting edge support to our clients through a highly experienced team of conference managers,  Housing & Registration division, and Industry Insights customer events.   I’m excited to continue working on our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter presence knowing that will continue to keep us on the front page of the hospitality industry.


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