Top Freelancing Reasons of Full-Time and Part-time Freelancers in U.S.

Proof Point

Being own boss and having flexible schedule named by full-time freelancers in Upwork study as top reason for freelancing, while part-timers’ top motivation is having extra income in 2018

Top Freelancing Reasons of Full-Time and Part-time Freelancers in U.S.

2018 (percentage)

Note: Data from Upwork’s 2018 Freelancing in America survey of more than 6,000 U.S. workers, of which 2,000 are freelancers, in June 2018; Respondents ranked major reason as 4 or 5 on 5-point scale

Proof Point Findings

  • Freelancers – Self-employed segment of labor force, working with clients on contractual or temporary basis
  • Full-Time Freelancing – At least three-fourths of full-time freelancers surveyed by Upwork look for control, flexibility and independence, with being own boss (81%) as top reason for freelancing in 2018
  • Additional Income – 76% of part-timers surveyed said their main reason for freelancing is to earn extra money in 2018
  • Flexible Schedule – Ranked second among both full-time and part-time freelancers as major motivation for freelancing
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include rising income capacity of freelance jobs, growing employee demand for intangible freelancing benefits (i.e. time and location flexibility, independence, control) and increasing employer adoption of more flexible employment structures

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Date Last Updated

March 5, 2019

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