Main information sources used by freelancers to find work in the United States as of 2016

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Share of respondents
Friends and family45%
Professional contracts40%
Social media36%
Online ads/classifieds28%
Online job boards24%
Online freelance marketplaces21%
Previous employer (freelance)20%
Local newspaper18%
Previous employer (full-time)16%
Specialized freelance websites15%
Employment agency/staffing firm14%
Sharing economy websites or apps12%

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This statistic shows the main information sources used to find freelance work in the United States in 2016. About 45 percent of respondents stated their friends and family as the main information source to find freelance work in the United States in 2016.
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Release date
October 2016
United States
Survey time period
July 29 - August 24, 2016
Number of respondents
6,002 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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