Main information sources used by freelancers to find work in the United States as of 2017

Main sources U.S. freelancers used to find work in 2017 This statistic shows the main information sources used to find freelance work in the United States in 2017. About 43 percent of respondents stated their friends and family as a main information source to find freelance work in the United States in 2017.
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Share of respondents
Friends and family43%
Professional contracts38%
Social media37%
Online ads/classifieds27%
Previous employer (freelance)24%
Online job boards23%
Online freelance marketplaces22%
Previous employer (full-time)19%
Local newspaper17%
Specialized freelance websites17%
Employment agency/staffing firm14%
Sharing economy websites or apps13%
Other5%
Share of respondents
Friends and family43%
Professional contracts38%
Social media37%
Online ads/classifieds27%
Previous employer (freelance)24%
Online job boards23%
Online freelance marketplaces22%
Previous employer (full-time)19%
Local newspaper17%
Specialized freelance websites17%
Employment agency/staffing firm14%
Sharing economy websites or apps13%
Other5%
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This statistic shows the main information sources used to find freelance work in the United States in 2017. About 43 percent of respondents stated their friends and family as a main information source to find freelance work in the United States in 2017.
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Release date
September 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
July 21 - August 24, 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 options that applied to them in response to the question "Where do you typically go to find freelance work?"

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