Main reasons for freelance work in U.S. 2019

This statistic shows the leading reasons why respondents in the United States did freelance work in 2019. For full-time freelancers, 79 percent of respondents stated during the survey that they participated in freelance work in order to have flexibility in their schedule.

Leading reasons for doing freelance work in the United States in 2019

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

June 7 to July 3, 2019

Number of respondents

6,001 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

adults who have done paid work in the past 12 months

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Respondents were asked to indicate the degree to which each of the following reasons was a reason why they freelance. The percentage shown is the share of respondents who selected one of the top two boxes on the scale for that reason.

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