The 2020 Oxford Internet Institute studies showed that the usual pattern, or cycle, of work was disrupted by the pandemic. In a usual year, the demand for online freelance work drops during Christmas and New Year, then climbs back up to a plateau in May, and then holds stable until the year-end holiday period.
2020, however, showed a deep decline in the Online Labour Index during March.
What this means is that if you’re a freelancer, you probably take up some part-time or offline work, which might cause a decline in your performance results. The OII is a useful research institute for online freelancers looking to get a broader picture of their working method and trying to remain productive during uncertain times.