The top 5 reasons for doing freelance work in the United States as of 2017

Top 5  reasons for freelance work in U.S. 2017 This statistic shows the top five reasons why respondents in the United States did freelancing in 2016. Being their own boss was the major reason for 81 percent freelancers, working full-time, to do freelance work in the U.S. in 2017.
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Full-time freelancersPart-time freelancers
To earn extra money76%79%
To have flexibility in my schedule81%72%
To be my own boss81%67%
To be able to choose my own projects78%66%
To work from the location of my choosing78%66%
Full-time freelancersPart-time freelancers
To earn extra money76%79%
To have flexibility in my schedule81%72%
To be my own boss81%67%
To be able to choose my own projects78%66%
To work from the location of my choosing78%66%
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This statistic shows the top five reasons why respondents in the United States did freelancing in 2016. Being their own boss was the major reason for 81 percent freelancers, working full-time, to do freelance work in the U.S. in 2017.
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Release date
September 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
July 21 - August 14, 2017
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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