“Behind the Freelancer” is this year’s theme for the UK’s Freelance Heroes Day 2020.
Started in 2016 by the group Freelance Heroes, this special day unites freelancers and the self-employed workforce in a supportive public conference, where they can celebrate their efforts and individuality, share war stories, and expand their networks.
Originally set for May 16th, Freelance Heroes Day 2020 was rescheduled to November 6th due to the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK.
The online portion of the event will still take place on Saturday, May 16th.
How to Participate
On the day of the celebration, Freelance Heroes encourages freelancers and independent workers to share their selfie, a photo of their workspace, or any piece of content under the caption: “#FreelanceHeroesAssemble for #FreelanceHeroesDay.”
Needless to say, content under this caption, be it a video, an image, a blog, or a story, must be relevant to the freelance industry generally and this event specifically.
The organizers also urge people and businesses who currently work or have worked with a Freelance Hero to tag them or share a story that involves them under the same hashtags.
In the past years of the event, #FreelanceHeroesDay occupied the first spot on Twitter’s top trending list in the UK.
For 2020, the organizers at Freelance Heroes hope to achieve the same feat with the help of the rapidly-growing freelance community, especially now that more people are seeking remote work during these challenging times.
What’s Different This Year?
According to recent statistics, there are currently over 2 million freelancers in the UK. Those, alongside the rest of the self-employed, represent around 15% of the country’s total workforce; a remarkable chunk of the population.
However, due to the pandemic, freelancers have been at significant financial risk, due to the inconsistent nature of freelancing.
“There are those in the group that have seen their calendars wiped empty seemingly overnight, whilst others are struggling to cope with the demand from businesses looking to make use of those already accustomed to remote working,” Annie Browne, Co-founder of Freelance Heroes, has told Wales247.
With these and other challenges overwhelming many freelancers, Freelance Heroes Day hopes to provide a sense of optimism, connection, and solidarity.
Indeed, as Browne points out, grouping a community of like-minded self-employed individuals and freelancers in the UK at this time can make a real difference across the country.