The American workforce is now 34% freelancer, according to a new study commissioned by the Freelancers Union and the recently-merged Elance-oDesk. Well, sort of: 14.3 million of the 53 million freelancers counted in the survey are “moonlighters” (people with full-time jobs doing independent work in their spare time). 438 more words
The world is catching up with writers. Maybe. While this is a fascinating look into the the growing segment of freelancers, there are still some gaps , including the sample size. The fact that the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk are the forces behind this may or may not make it more applicable to writers. Either way, it's important to note that the choice to be a freelance writer has moved from a quirky decision indulged by doting parents and friends to a valid career choice among talented and creative professionals and that is definitely a very good thing!