09/04/2014 03:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

53 Million Americans Are Freelancing, New Survey Finds


By Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union and Fabio Rosati, CEO Elance-oDesk

Freelancing is the new normal -- and we have the numbers to prove it.

More than 53 million Americans are doing freelance work, according to a new, landmark survey conducted by the independent research firm Edelman Berland and commissioned by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk.

That's 34 percent of the entire workforce.

The old way of working isn't working, More than 53 million workers are showing a new way -- and tens of millions more will likely follow.

The new economy is already here -- and it's driven by freelancers.

Check out "Freelancing in America:
A National Survey of the New Workforce

Read the Press Release

View the detailed results deck from Edelman Berland