Freelance Forward 2020

The U.S. Independent Workforce Report

The most comprehensive measure of the independent workforce in the U.S.

Commissioned by Upwork and conducted by an independent research firm, this year’s edition of Freelance Forward was conducted during the summer of 2020, with input from over 6,000 U.S. working adults. As the most comprehensive study of the U.S. independent workforce, Freelance Forward analyzes the size and impact of the freelance economy today, providing data-backed insights into the unique advantages and opportunities of independent work.

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As the world of work shifts rapidly, freelancing leads the way

It’s no secret: The way we work is undergoing a transformation. As companies and employees quickly adapt to a fully remote work model in the wake of COVID-19, they’re learning to embrace the benefits of agile and distributed workforces. With this shift, more professionals than ever before are striking out on their own in search of greater autonomy and flexible alternatives to traditional employment.

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