From Mediashift, Kristen Fischer offers her nine most important observations from the Freelancer Union’s annual survey including:
1. FREELANCING IS STILL POPULAR, BUT IS GROWING ONLY AMONG “DIVERSIFIED WORKERS”
Yet among the five types of freelancers the survey defines, only the “diversified workers” category has grown. The survey attributes that interesting result to the rise of the “sharing economy” — exemplified by platforms like TaskRabbit and, yes, Upwork — but could also, if you’re feeling pessimistic, point to a dearth of full-time opportunities.
2. MORE FREELANCERS START BY CHOICE, AND MOST DO IT FOR THE FLEXIBILITY
What may be more interesting is why, exactly, people decide to freelance.
3. THE MAJORITY OF FREELANCERS WHO QUIT FULL-TIME JOBS EARN MORE AS FREELANCERS
Read the full story and see the charts and graphics at The 9 Most Important Takeaways From Freelancers Union’s Annual Survey