Independent Workforce Trends

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One in Five Independents Makes More than $100,000 Annually: Here’s How They Do It

September 27, 2018

Today, 3.3 million independent workers earn more than $100,000 annually. Since MBO Partners began tracking the size and makeup of the independent workforce in 2011, this high-earning population has grown more than 70%, and it has become obvious that as enterprise needs for independent talent grow, those with in-demand skills are going and staying independent in…

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Why More Workers are Joining the Digital Nomad Workforce

August 28, 2018

If you’ve ever aspired to travel the world without quitting your job, know that you’re in good company. According to new estimates from MBO Partners’ 2018 State of Independence in America research, 17 million independent workers aspire to someday become digital nomads, a term referencing workers who embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that allows them to travel…

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4 Major Independent Workforce Themes at 2018 Conferences for Contingent Workforce Leaders

July 24, 2018

Contingent workforce leaders are gearing up for the heart of event season this fall, where there will be many exciting talent solutions, innovative processes, and risk-mitigation strategies to discuss and learn about. Whether your company is heading out to conferences, or you’re simply looking to stay up-to-date with the latest developments, keep an eye out…

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Self-Employment Remains a Viable, Desirable Career Path in 2018, Finds 8th Annual State of Independence in America Report

July 11, 2018

Strong, mature, and evolving are words used to describe today’s independent workforce in MBO Partners 8th annual State of Independence in America Report, the longest-running, comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Even amidst record low unemployment and the strongest jobs market in decades, independent work remains a viable and desirable career path for nearly 42…

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Why Self Employment Will Remain a Viable Career Path

July 11, 2018

</ifram Strong, mature, and evolving are words used to describe today’s independent workforce in MBO Partners 8th annual State of Independence in America Report, the longest-running, comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Even amidst record low unemployment and the strongest jobs market in decades, independent work remains a viable and desirable career path for nearly…

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Look Back, Look Forward: The Independent Workforce Year in Review 2017

December 21, 2017

As 2017 winds to a close, we at MBO Partners like to take time to reflect on what has changed in preparation for the year ahead. As is common in any fast-growing industry, we marvel at how much has changed in the past 12 months, and how much will likely change again as we head…

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What is the Independent Workforce?

December 14, 2017

Independent professionals are fast-growing, vital part of our workforce. According to MBO Partners’ latest State of Independence study, the total number of self-employed Americans aged 21 and above rose to 41.1 million. Independents span all industries, from on-demand drivers and freelance writers to finance professionals and IT consultants. There are many benefits to being independent—the…

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10 Independent Workforce Trends to Watch

September 20, 2017

It’s difficult to know what the future of work might hold, but one thing is for certain—independent professionals are poised to be more important than ever before in years to come. Based on insights gathered from 7 consecutive years of industry research, MBO Partners has just revealed 10 predictions for the future of the U.S. independent…

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2017 MBO Partners State of Independence in America: Today’s Independents Are Happier, Healthier, and More Satisfied Than Ever Before

June 13, 2017

The 2017 MBO Partners State of Independence In America paints a positive picture of an independent workforce that is continuing to grow and mature. Now in its seventh year, this report is the longest running end-to-end look at America’s population of independent professionals. Data from the report make a strong case that not only is…

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Why Independents Are Happier, Healthier, and More Satisfied Than Ever Before

June 13, 2017

The 2017 MBO Partners State of Independence In America paints a positive picture of an independent workforce that is continuing to grow and mature. Now in its seventh year, this report is the longest running end-to-end look at America’s population of independent professionals. Data from the report make a strong case that not only is…

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