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Freelancers now make up 35% of the U.S. workforce

A new report from Upwork in partnership with Freelancers Union found that the freelance workforce grew from 53 million in 2014 to 55 million in 2016, or 35% of the U.S. workforce. These freelancers earned an estimated $1 trillion this past year. A majority of those (63%) are independent by choice, but not everyone is … Continue reading “Freelancers now make up 35% of the U.S. workforce”

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A new report from Upwork in partnership with Freelancers Union found that the freelance workforce grew from 53 million in 2014 to 55 million in 2016, or 35% of the U.S. workforce. These freelancers earned an estimated $1 trillion this past year.

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A majority of those (63%) are independent by choice, but not everyone is ready to make the leap. Here’s what’s holding them back—and advice for employers looking to hire a freelancer.

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Lydia Dishman is a reporter writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.

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