Data and Studies

2020

Gallup (released in 2020)

“Self-employed workers with only one job — as opposed to those juggling multiple jobs — rate their work situation higher than workers in one traditional full-time job as an employee.”

Upwork/Edelman

“3 in 5 freelancers say they make the same or more than they’d make working for a traditional employer.”

47% view freelancing as a long-term career

60% of freelancers say there is no amount of money that would convince them to take a traditional job

MBO Partners

“One in 11 Americans say they want to go independent, signaling this is the new American dream.”

“Among full-time independents, the proportion saying they won’t go back to a traditional job was 61 percent in 2020, up from 53 percent in 2019.”

“Between 2011 and 2020, the proportion of independent workers saying they feel more secure working independently has soared, rising virtually every year. It started at 32 percent in 2011 and more than grew significantly to 56 percent in 2020.”

“Skilled professionals are one of the fastest-growing segments of the independent workforce, with their numbers rising in each of the past ten years. In 2011, there were 4.5 million skilled independents and in 2020 there are 7.7 million, representing a 71 percent increase.”

ADP Research

“More than 70% of 1099-M gig workers say they are working independently by their own choice, not because they can’t find a ‘traditional’ job. Most seem happy with gig work and place a premium on flexibility as a driving motivation behind their decision, over financial security or benefits.”

Contently

“Lawmakers may view freelancing as a last resort, but 75 percent of respondents chose to freelance because they prefer it to full-time work. Additionally, a little more than half of freelancers said they have access to more professional opportunities than they would as full-timers.”

2019

IRS/US Treasury

“The largest share of workers with independent contractor income are those in the top quartile of earnings.”

FreshBooks Cloud Accounting

73% of self-employed women say they have a better work-life balance; 68% of self-employed women earn the same or more money than in a traditional job; 59% of self-employed women say they have less stress; 57% of self-employed women say they’re healthier.

MBO Partners

“More than half of full-time independent workers say they feel more financially secure as independents than in traditional jobs, a record high. Seven in 10 full-time independents say they plan to continue their current path.”

2018

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

“79 percent of independent contractors preferred their arrangement over a traditional job”

2015

US Government Acccountability Office

“More than 85 percent of independent contractors and the self-employed appeared content with their employment type”

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