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Everyday uses of AI for contractors and freelancers

If you find yourself a little daunted by the escalation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into our everyday lives, you’re not alone. 

The AI juggernaut is gaining momentum with new services emerging daily, backed by huge investment. While there are many that have reservations about just how quickly AI has become prolific, there is no doubt that it is accelerating innovation in many areas, including medicine and engineering.  

But what are the uses and benefits of AI for the average person like you or me? In particular, how can it be used by contractors and freelancers? 

AI in 2023

It wasn’t very long ago when many of us tended to associate AI with science fiction and movies, where robots or computers have human-like cognitive abilities and even emotions (think of the 2004 Will Smith movie for example!) However this concept of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is still a way off yet.

So where are we now with AI? What has really exploded in 2023 is the use of Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) which drives the likes of ChatGPT, Bard and Bing Chat. 

These systems use AI techniques that can operate independently, learning from a dataset then generating outputs using statistical models and transformers. So, while it might seem as though these systems are engaging in a conversation or creating art, in reality they are using advanced pattern matching to produce the most likely word or pixel. 

In other words, although Generative AI can produce articles, artwork and videos, it lacks any genuine understanding of the content it generates.  

With AI systems becoming ever-smarter, it is truly transforming the way we work, and its impact isn’t limited to big businesses or multi-million pound industries.

As a contractor or freelancer, you can harness the power of AI to enhance your productivity, enhance everyday working processes and open doors to new opportunities. Let’s have a look at some of these applications:

Automating repetitive tasks

One of the most useful benefits AI offers to contractors and freelancers is the ability to automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Whether you’re managing finances, sorting through emails or handling data entry, AI-powered tools can take on these mundane chores, freeing up your valuable time for more strategic or creative work. 

Improving productivity

AI can help you work smarter and more efficiently. Virtual assistants like Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant can schedule appointments, set reminders and answer questions, making it easier to stay organised and focused on your work. Additionally, AI-driven project management tools can streamline your workflow, from task assignment to progress tracking.

Ideas and research

While AI may not (yet) be smart enough to tell fact from fiction, it can be useful in generating ideas or suggestions you might not have considered. ChatGPT for example, can efficiently summarise an array of articles and sources, allowing you to pinpoint the most pertinent information. Just make sure you carry out due diligence by fact-checking all references, facts and figures. 

Personalised marketing

For freelancers and contractors in creative fields like design, marketing or content writing, AI can be a game-changer. AI algorithms can analyse user behaviour and preferences, helping you create more personalised and engaging content. This, in turn, can boost client satisfaction and lead to further opportunities.

Data Analysis

Data is a valuable resource in a multitude of contracting sectors, and AI can help you make the most of it. Whether it is analysing market trends, customer feedback or project performance, AI tools can provide insights and recommendations that guide your decision-making and strategy.

Translation and communication

Working with international clients or collaborating on projects that require multilingual  communication? AI-driven translation tools can bridge language gaps, making it easier to connect with clients and partners from all over the world. 

Financial management 

AI can be a great asset for managing your finances. From expense tracking to budgeting and forecasting, AI-driven financial tools can help you keep your financial house in order, ensuring that you’re in control of your earnings and expenditure. 

Skill development

AI can also assist you in refining your professional skills. Various online platforms use AI to provide personalised recommendations for courses and training, helping you stay updated in your field and remain competitive. 

Embrace it!

As we’ve seen, AI isn’t just the domain of tech giants but can be a really useful asset for work and life. With some simple AI-driven applications, contracting professionals can optimise their workflow, enhance productivity and efficiency and tap into new opportunities. If you don’t believe us, maybe just ask Siri!