15 Insider Freelancing Statistics For You



  1. 61% of freelancers specialize in 2 to 3 talents.
  2. 48% of the female freelancers make less than $25,000 a year while men are 4.5X more likely to earn over $150,000 than women.
  3. 77% of freelancers state that they are now financially stable since ditching their day jobs to go freelance.
  4. 43% of the workforce will be freelancers by 2020.
  5. 41% of freelancers plan on freelancing forever.
  6. 45% of the freelancers feel more secure about their independent employment.
  7. 63% of freelancers in the US choose a work-from-home career over traditional jobs.
  8. Freelance coders and software developers earn up to $1,000 per hour.
  9. Freelance copywriters earn over $250 per hour.
  10. Freelance graphic designers earn more than $85 per hour on major freelance sites such as UpWork and PeoplePerHour.
  11. 80% of workers in the freelance economy use social media as a means of finding work.
  12. 41% of workers download applications to use for work purposes.
  13. 32% of Millennials expect to be working “mainly flexible hours” in the future.
  14. Artificial intelligence, Instagram marketing, Machine learning, and Brand strategy were listed as the most demanded skills in 2017.
  15. Robotics, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Instagram marketing, Augmented reality, jQuery development, and HubSpot marketing were among the top 20 fastest growing skills in 2017.
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