Lifelong Learning in the Freelance Economy

Half the American workforce will be freelancers within a decade, according to the Freelancing in America survey released earlier this month. “The growth of the freelance workforce is three times faster than the traditional workforce,” said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork, the survey’s sponsor along with the Freelancers Union. 47 percent of working millennials freelance now—a larger percentage than any other generation and another predictor of the growing freelance economy.

Additional evidence of the growing freelance sector: a CareerBuilder survey found that more than half of employers were seeking contract workers—a 47 percent increase over last year. And, Intuit estimated that by 2020, 43 percent of the U.S. workforce will be freelance.

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