WHAT ARE THE DRIVERS OF SAP® FREELANCE CAREER SUCCESS IN DENMARK?

Maybe you’re a freelancer who desires to further advance your freelance career? A person who is contemplating operating in the freelance market? Or perhaps you simply want to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of successful freelancing in Denmark? Whichever situation you’re in, this short article will grant you insights into the Driver of SAP® Freelance Career Success.

What should you as an SAP® freelancer in Denmark focus on to progress your freelance career? This is the question a recent study performed by Kevin S. Billington in collaboration with IT Optimiser and Aarhus University, set out to investigate: “what drivers facilitate career success for SAP freelancers in Denmark?”.

Based on high-quality data obtained directly from active SAP® freelancers in the Danish market, several drivers effect on SAP freelance career success were investigated.

What is freelance career success? And what are the investigated drivers?

The measurements and effects of this research are based on previously established literature and can be depicted as follows (figure 1):

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What does it mean to have “career success”? Career success is often perceived to be monetary – which it often is. However, this study found is equally relevant to examine job satisfaction as a success measurement. Career success is therefore two-fold: the monetary career success as objective career success and job satisfaction as subjective career success. These two career success measurements were then analysed in terms of the effects of market factor, human capital (knowing how), social capital (knowing whom), personal capital & motivation (knowing why) and business strategy. The specific measurements can be found in the below table (table 1).

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The main drivers for successful SAP® freelancing in Denmark

The findings of this study present some of the key drivers for successful SAP® freelancing in Denmark. If you as an SAP® freelancer in Denmark could only focus on five key drivers to succeed, what should you focus on?

Time spent and focus of skill development

  • Increasing time spent on skill development positively affects an freelancer’s objective and subjective career success
  • Focusing your skill development on building new or supportive skills, instead of focusing on developing core skills positively affects an freelancer’s objective career success

Extravert personality

  • Being out-going (extraversion) positively affects an freelancers’ objective and subjective career success

Freelance community member

  • Being an active member of a freelance community positively affects an freelancer’s objective career success

Business strategy

  • Focusing your business strategy on delivering higher quality or more innovative solutions, instead of delivering a broader skillset, positively affects an freelancer’s objective career success

Subjective career success

  • Being satisfied with your job as a freelancer positively affects an freelancer’s objective career success

Final thoughts

If you as an SAP® freelancer in Denmark could only focus on five key drivers to succeed, you should:

Spend time on developing your skills, while focusing on developing new and/or supportive skills. Your development of new or supportive skills should not be to offer a broader skillset than your competition, but rather support your core services by increasing quality or innovativeness of your delivered work. When working as an SAP® freelancer it is important to be out-going and therefore, joining a freelance community can both assist this personality trait, while being a core driver for success itself. Lastly, it is important to not neglect your job satisfaction in current or future career decisions, as it is an important driver for an SAP®freelancer’s objective career success – but perhaps even more important for your well-being.

Has this caught your attention and would you like to have additional insights then request the original paper by writing to bta@itoptimiser.com.

Further do not hesitate to contact us for an informal chat about the Danish freelance market. You can find our contact details here.

This article is based on the original paper written by Kevin S. Billington (https://www.linkedin.com/in­/kevinsbillington/) in collaboration with IT Optimiser and Aarhus University in 2020.