Tech Supports the Growth of the Freelance Economy

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 12-21-2016 Email

The freelance economy continued to grow this year, fueled, in part, by technology, said a new study commissioned by the freelance website Upwork and the Freelancers Union. Conducted by Edelman Intelligence, the survey, "Freelancing in America: 2016," was produced for the third year in a row. The objectives of the research study were to quantify the number of people freelancing in the United States, assess why these people are freelancing, and gauge the future outlook for freelance workers. The online survey tapped 6,002 American adults who have done paid work in the past 12 months, including both freelancers and non-freelancers. "This year's study shows that freelancers are a diverse but vital part of the U.S. economy, contributing over $1 trillion in freelance earnings to the economy. As their ranks continue to swell, they have come to represent a largely untapped voter block that could have huge implications for our political system," said Sara Horowitz, the Freelancers Union's founder and executive director.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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