Knowledge Networks Vs Freelancing

As a Knowledge Network, we often get confused for a freelancing platform. While an easy mistake to make, there are some key differences between freelancing platforms such as Upwork, and Knowledge Networks such as Lynk

Freelancing is defined by as a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer. These independent contractors either work through freelancing platforms such as the previously mentioned Upwork or Toptal, with a temporary agency or even networking.

Knowledge Networks differ in several fundamental ways:

  1. The majority of consultations through a Knowledge Networks are outside the creative industry. Clients’ needs can vary across a wide scope of industries.
  2. Knowledge Networks offer a large range of opportunities for their Knowledge Partners. For example, while freelancers may be brought onboard to help a specific project, Knowledge Partners can be involved in many different consultations for a variety of clients. These vary from phone consultations to webinars, and even in-person meetings.
  3. While working with a Knowledge Network, you will undergo compliance training. This ensures that insider trading is avoided and maintains both personal and client confidentiality obligations. As a freelancer you may have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), however, it’s important to remember that compliance is a much more rigorous and robust process.
  4. Unlike life as a freelancer, working with a Knowledge Network means that projects will come to you rather than you having to seek them out. For some requests, we recruit Knowledge Partners directly on a case by case basis.
  5. We see Knowledge Networks as a platform that professionals can join to supplement their own industry passions. It’s true that individuals can make a career out of freelancing, however, it’s highly unlikely that you will be able to do the same as a Knowledge Partner.

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