Why Everybody’s Going Freelance

September 12th, 2013 / No Comments »

By Drake Baer

More Americans are declaring their independence: as in the 17 million that self-indentified as independent workers–as in freelancers, temps, self-employed consultants and the like–as of May 2013, up 10% from 2011.

That’s according to MBO Partners, who does the taxes for such workers. And as theWall Street Journal reports, the total number of indie workers is predicted to grow to 24 million in the next five years.

The new tendency to go independent is happening across demographics:

  • 36 percent are gen-Xers.
  • 33 percent are baby boomers.
  • 20 percent are millenials.
  • 11 percent are matures,
  • And equally male or female.

What’s fascinating is why people are increasingly independent, which owes equally to shifts in the workforce and the steady-going nature of humans.