Top reasons for doing freelance work in the United States as of 2018

Main reasons for freelance work in U.S. 2018 This statistic shows the top five reasons why respondents in the United States did freelancing in 2018. Being their own boss was the major reason for 81 percent freelancers, working full-time, to do freelance work in the U.S. in 2018.
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Full-time freelancersPart-time freelancers
To be my own boss81%66%
To have flexibility in my schedule80%73%
To work from the location of my choosing78%65%
To have independence from things such as office dynamcs77%61%
To have a schedule that enables me to pursue my personal passions77%67%
To earn extra money76%76%
To be able to choose my own projects75%66%
Full-time freelancersPart-time freelancers
To be my own boss81%66%
To have flexibility in my schedule80%73%
To work from the location of my choosing78%65%
To have independence from things such as office dynamcs77%61%
To have a schedule that enables me to pursue my personal passions77%67%
To earn extra money76%76%
To be able to choose my own projects75%66%
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This statistic shows the top five reasons why respondents in the United States did freelancing in 2018. Being their own boss was the major reason for 81 percent freelancers, working full-time, to do freelance work in the U.S. in 2018.
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Release date
October 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
June 21 - July 12, 2018
Number of respondents
6,000 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Special properties
Adults who have done paid work
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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