In September 2013, MBO Partners released its third annual State of Independence in America report, the first and most comprehensive research on America’s self-employed workers. The study reveals a significant rise in the number of independents since 2011. It breaks them down by industry and demographic to paint a fuller picture of the self-employed experience. Nearly 18 million strong and adding almost $2 trillion to the economy, independent workers are part of a major structural shift in how Americans work. MBO Partners is committed to telling the stories of independents through not only our research finding, but also through firsthand profiles of independent workers across the country. To join the conversation, tweet us at @MBOPartners using the hashtag #SOI2013.