57.3 million people in the United States freelanced in 2019, according to the “Freelancing in America” study conducted by Upwork and The Freelancer’s Union. That’s 36% of the US workforce. Kim Merritt, The URL Dr., and Top Rated Plus Upwork freelancer, explains the gig economy landscape in the US, who is participating in it and how it is impacting the way we work.
A fascinating look at the work from home movement and how more educated professionals are choosing to strike out on their own as a 1099 contractor. Kim also shares updated information from the Payoneer survey in May of 2020, that surveyed freelancers from around the world on the impact COVID-19 was having on their freelancing efforts.
For those new to freelancing in the 21st century, Kim shares eight of the top online freelancing platforms and the basics of how they operate.