Not gigging, just free
Freelancers are set to become the workforce majority in the US inside 10 years, while close to half of millennial workers are already freelancing. And 54% of the workforce says it is not at all very confident that the work they do today is likely to even exist in 20 years, according to the Freelancing in America survey from Upwork and Freelancers Union.
And freelancers are finding more work online, with close to three-quarters saying the volume they obtained on the Net increased this year (up 5 points since 2016).
Asked which term they prefer for work independently, freelancers overwhelmingly chose the term ‘freelance economy (49%), with ‘on-demand economy’ their second choice at 25%, followed by ‘sharing economy’ (13%) – the term ‘gig economy’ isn’t really flying, preferred by just 10%.
The top drivers motivating people to start freelancing?
1) to be their own boss
2) to choose when they work
3) to choose their own projects
4) to choose where they work
5) to earn extra money.
Image: Freelancing in America