The Way We Work

FU_FreelancinginAmerica_ShareableGraphics_Facebook-01A note to our community from Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance-oDesk and Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union:

More than 53 million Americans are freelancing, according to “Freelancing in America: A National Survey of the New Workforce,” a landmark study released by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk.



The old way of working isn’t working and these professionals — and the businesses hiring them — are showing a new way.

Interested in reading more insights from the most comprehensive sizing of the U.S. freelance workforce in almost a decade? Find more information here:


1 in 3 Americans Work as Freelancers


53 million Americans are freelancing — more than the total combined populations of 25 states


53 million Americans are freelancing; together, freelancers earn more than the combined value of Facebook, Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks, and McDonald's

Fabio Rosati

Board Member

As founding CEO of Elance-oDesk, now Upwork, Fabio launched the company's vision of creating an online workplace for the world. More than 14 million businesses and professionals connect and work together on Elance and Upwork, two leading online work platforms that merged in 2014. With 2014 billings of $940 million, and thousands of public and private "talent clouds," these communities are among the most productive… read more