Years Ago, Most People Viewed Freelance Work as Temporary. Not Anymore, Says a New Study |

Millions of Americans are joining the freelance ranks, and more of them are opting to remain in that status long-term than ever before.

That’s according to the sixth annual Freelancing in America study, published on Thursday by hiring platform Upwork and the nonprofit Freelancers Union. In a survey of 6,001 U.S. working adults–a mix of freelancers and full-time employees–the study’s sponsors found that 50 percent of freelancers now view working independently as a permanent career choice, rather than a temporary way to make money. The study also notes that 10 million more Americans consider themselves long-term freelancers now than they did five years ago.

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