Opportunities for freelancers are increasing thick and fast. If you were thinking about making that break for freedom, signs from economic experts say now is the time to do it. By the end of 2014 more than 930 million dollars could be earned by freelancers worldwide, with businesses looking more than ever to outsource work to remote independent workers rather than hiring in-house staff. But what has brought about this shift? Is change being directed by the workers themselves, demanding a working life that fits around them? Or from employers who no longer want to take risks on permanent members of staff?