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Freelancing Survey Results: 500 Workers Polled on Job Flexibility and Career Freedom

Freelancing is on the rise. An additional 4 million U.S. professionals joined the freelance labor force in 2023, inspiring us to create a survey to learn more about the lure of freelancing for workers as well as its challenges, work-life implications, and financial impacts. The results of our 2024 “Flex, Freedom & Freelancing Survey” are here.


Virtual Vocations Remote Work Week 2024

March 2024 ushered in the 9th Remote Work Week celebration at Virtual Vocations. The annual event promotes the advantages of remote work. In 2022, when Virtual Vocations became a fully remote job board, Remote Work Week evolved to showcase the breadth of telework opportunities that do not require on-site responsibilities or business travel. For example, in 2023 alone, Virtual Vocations’ job board featured 213,000 fully remote job postings from more than 10,000 unique companies and across 42 career fields. For 2024, Remote Work Week also highlighted the benefits of freelancing for job flexibility and career freedom.

Why Freelancing?

Freelancing is a version of self-employment in which workers are beholden to themselves, not a company. Freelancers commit to several simultaneous projects rather than only working for one employer on a long-term basis. As such, freelancers are responsible for paying their own taxes and providing their own benefits, including health insurance and retirement funds. Since freelancers can typically work from any location with a stable internet connection, this work style naturally lends itself to remote jobs. Telework career categories common to freelancing arrangements include information technology, healthcare, project management, writing, graphic design, social media, education, and human services.

The job flexibility and career freedom afforded by freelancing is a driving force for career change. Our 2023 “Career Change Survey” reflected the desire for workers to have more control over how, when, and where they work. Survey results from the career change poll revealed that more than eight in 10 workers set out to find a new job last year. Approximately half of workers pointed to job flexibility, including the ability to work from home 100% of the time, as the main reason—ahead of higher compensation—they wanted to find a new job.

In 2023, at least 4 million U.S. workers decided to seize opportunities for flexibility and joined the freelance labor force. The Upwork Research Institute’s 2023 “Freelance Forward” survey report detailed freelancing’s effects on the U.S. economy and labor market. Last year, freelancers produced roughly $1.27 trillion in earnings and made up 38% of the workforce. As of 2023, 64 million Americans perform some type of freelance work.

Curious About Freelancing? Explore These Virtual Vocations Remote Career Resources

“How to Get Started As a Freelancer” Career Course

Learn everything you need to know about getting started in a freelance career. You will discover the basics of setting yourself up, how to balance your workload while maintaining work-life balance, and how to protect your financial future while being your own boss. This self-paced career course includes 90 minutes of exclusive course content, three resource downloads, and four instructional videos.


“Freelance Rate Calculator” Fillable Worksheets

Freelance Rate Calculator - Free Fillable Resource

This fillable resource will help you determine your worth as a freelancer and offers a step-by-step approach to calculating your freelancing rates you want to use during your remote job search. The worksheets include tips on deciding what your Minimum Acceptable Rate (MAR) is, how to figure out the total expenses and taxes you will want to consider when deciding your rates, and customizable boxes to help you calculate your MAR step by step.


“Get in on the Gig Economy” Career Coaching Replay

The gig economy is thriving. In this career coaching session, we discuss strategies for professionals to also thrive as independent contractors in a telework environment. The session covers topics like the differences between freelancers, independent contractors, and permanent employees, how to navigate a competitive freelance market and recognize your value, tips for setting freelance rates, and advice for generating stable income as an at-home worker.

“Flex, Freedom & Freelancing Survey” Methodology

Freelancing’s steady rise and labor significance, as well as the abundance of fully remote jobs in the freelancer space, influenced us to design a survey to further explore the impacts of freelancing on modern professionals. We shared our “Flex, Freedom & Freelancing Survey” during our Remote Work Week 2024 event. From March 4–16, we invited Virtual Vocations members and the general public to participate the freelancing survey. In total, 508 respondents provided their opinions on freelancing, including their personal experiences with self-employment.

We wanted to gain as much understanding as possible about respondents’ relationships with freelancing. To accomplish this, we created a qualifying survey question to screen participants and sort them into relevant respondent groups. The qualifying question, which is shared below, allowed respondents to share whether or not they had ever performed freelance work in their careers and, if they had, disclose if they were actively freelancing at the time of the survey.

Have you performed freelance work at any point in your career?

  • Yes. (65%)
    1. Workers actively performing freelance work (40%)
    2. Workers not currently freelancing, but who have previously freelanced (25%)
  • No. (35%)

Freelancing Survey Respondent Demographics

Who participated in our “Flex, Freedom & Freelancing Survey” for 2024? Answers to our demographic questions paint a picture of the typical adult who responded to the freelancing survey. The average participant is a 44-year-old professional woman with a post-secondary education and no dependents.

Here, we have included the complete set of freelancing survey demographic questions and responses. Demographic categories include information on respondents’ age, highest level of education, number of dependents, and gender. Answers to demographic questions by respondent group can be found further down in the survey report.

What is your age range?

  • 18 – 27 years (14%)
  • 28 – 43 years (31%)
  • 44 – 59 years (33%)
  • 60 – 78 years (22%)
  • 79 or more years (~0%)*

*Among the entire respondent pool, one participant reported their age to be at least 79 years, which resulted in the percentage of this respondent age group equaling approximately 0%.

What is your highest level of education?

  • High school diploma or equivalent (7%)
  • Some college credit or coursework completed (i.e. no degree) (16%)
  • Vocational, trade, or technical training/certification (4%)
  • Associate’s degree (5%)
  • Bachelor’s degree (41%)
  • Master’s degree (23%)
  • Doctorate degree (1%)
  • Professional degree (e.g. Juris Doctor) (3%)

How many dependents do you have?

  • None (50%)
  • 1-2 (34%)
  • 3-4 (13%)
  • More than 4 (3%)

What is your gender?

  • Female (65%)
  • Male (32%)
  • Nonbinary or gender non-conforming (1%)
  • I prefer to not answer. (2%)

Key Findings

  • Approximately two-thirds of workers have direct experience with freelancing.
  • Work-life balance is better for workers who have performed freelance work. On a numerical work-life balance scale of 0–10, with 10 representing the highest favorable rating, 73% of current and former freelancers rank their work-life balance as a six or above; meanwhile, only 58% of workers with no freelance experience rank their work-life balance as at least a six.
  • Among active freelancers, 18% work full-time while freelancing as a side hustle; however, among former freelancers, 39% worked full-time while completing freelance work as their side hustle. Active freelancers are relying on freelance work as their primary income source (35%).
  • Better job flexibility, such as the option to work from home, is the number one reason respondents with freelance experience opted to become self-employed. Flexibility is also cited by workers with no freelance experience as the primary motivator that would drive them to experiment with freelance work.
  • For workers who decided to leave freelancing behind, the majority claimed inconsistent job opportunities as they reason they ceased their freelance careers. Although, 88% of former freelancers stated they are open to the possibility to returning to the freelance world.
  • Establishing stronger freelance support networks could also influence former freelancers to return to self-employment. Sixty-four percent (64%) of former freelancers said they did not have strong networks while self-employed. Approximately six in 10 former freelancers believed being part of strong freelancer communities would have motivated them to continue performing freelance work.
  • The future looks bright for workers actively freelancing, with 42% declaring they plan to freelance for the foreseeable future and could not imagine working within any other employment model.

Complete Freelancing Results by Respondent Group

All “Flex, Freedom & Freelancing Survey” results are included in the sections to follow. The results have been categorized and shared within corresponding respondent groups, which include the following names:

  1. Freelancing Survey Group 1: Workers Actively Freelancing
  2. Freelancing Survey Group 2: Workers Who Freelanced in the Past
  3. Freelancing Survey Group 3: Workers With No Freelancing Experience

FREELANCING SURVEY GROUP 1: Workers Actively Freelancing

How much time in your career have you spent performing freelance work?

  • Less than a year (12%)
  • 1-2 years (24%)
  • 3-5 years (31%)
  • 6-10 years (14%)
  • 11-20 years (9%)
  • More than 20 years (10%)

Which of the following descriptions best illustrates your relationship with freelancing?

  • I am a full-time employee and freelance for a side hustle. (18%)
  • I am a full-time freelancer. (24%)
  • I am a full-time freelancer, but I would like to switch to regular, full-time employment. (11%)
  • I am a part-time employee and part-time freelancer. (18%)
  • I am a part-time freelancer and also go to school. (5%)
  • I am in between jobs and freelance for extra cash. (24%)

How many days per week do you perform any type of work?

  • 1 day (4%)
  • 2 days (5%)
  • 3 days (12%)
  • 4 days (12%)
  • 5 days (32%)
  • 6 days (20%)
  • 7 days (15%)

How many hours per week do you spend on freelance projects?

  • 1-5 hours (17%)
  • 6-10 hours (21%)
  • 11-20 hours (22%)
  • 21-30 hours (19%)
  • I freelance on a full-time basis. (12%)
  • I freelance on a full-time basis and often work more than 40 hours per week. (9%)

What motivated you to start freelancing?*

*We asked survey participants to select as many responses as applied to their unique situations; therefore, total percentage amounts exceed 100%.

  • Tired of working for someone else (22%)
  • Better job flexibility, like working from home (73%)
  • More income (53%)
  • Caregiving responsibilities (23%)
  • No 9-to-5 schedule (31%)
  • De-stressing/improving personal wellness (31%)
  • Felt stuck in my career (16%)
  • Wanted to explore passion projects (43%)

What avenues do you use to find your freelancing clients?*

*We asked survey participants to select as many responses as applied to their unique situations; therefore, total percentage amounts exceed 100%.

  • Freelance platforms, like Fiverr and Upwork. (41%)
  • Dedicated remote job boards, like Virtual Vocations. (48%)
  • General online job boards, like Indeed or ZipRecruiter. (40%)
  • Google or another search engine. (28%)
  • LinkedIn or other social networking sites. (59%)
  • Company websites and career pages. (36%)
  • Networking and referrals from professional contacts. (57%)

What do you feel is the primary benefit of freelancing?

  • Working remotely/location flexibility. (49%)
  • Being my own boss. (15%)
  • Having more control over my schedule, including what time of day I choose to work. (22%)
  • Getting to set my freelance rates. (2%)
  • Enjoying more opportunities for travel and personal interests. (4%)
  • Rapidly gaining work experience and building my portfolio. (8%)

What do you feel is the primary challenge of freelancing?

  • Staying self-motivated. (10%)
  • Finding enough work. (53%)
  • Paying my own taxes. (3%)
  • Being responsible for my own benefits, such as health insurance and retirement. (7%)
  • Navigating periods of irregular income. (22%)
  • Managing client expectations. (5%)

On a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 representing the highest favorable rating, how would you rate your work-life balance as a freelancer?

  • 0 (1%)
  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (1%)
  • 3 (3%)
  • 4 (4%)
  • 5 (19%)
  • 6 (7%)
  • 7 (19%)
  • 8 (22%)
  • 9 (14%)
  • 10 (9%)

Based on your professional experience, do you feel freelancers have better work-life balance than regular, permanent employees?

  • Yes. (86%)
  • No. (14%)

How important is it to continue building your skills and knowledge in your career (i.e. through continuing education, upskilling, professional development, etc.)?

  • Very important. (85%)
  • Moderately important. (9%)
  • Important. (5%)
  • Slightly important. (1%)
  • Not important at all. (0%)

How would you describe your workload?

  • I have more work than I can manage. (6%)
  • I have the right amount of projects. (30%)
  • I have much less work than I can manage and would like to land more clients. (64%)

Which of these statements best describes your freelancer support network?

  • I have a strong network! I enjoy chatting with other freelancers and sharing leads on possible new projects; I’m also a member of a few freelancer organizations. (11%)
  • I have curated a small, but effective network. I keep in touch with a few freelancers I have encountered over the years. (25%)
  • I am trying to build a network of freelancers, but it’s difficult to put myself out there. (50%)
  • I don’t have a strong freelancer network and I’m not looking to build one either. I prefer flying solo. (14%)

How would you describe your financial situation?

  • Thriving (e.g. You earn more income than you need and are able to save money as well as spend at your discretion.) (4%)
  • Stable (e.g. You earn enough money to feel comfortable; you may or may not feel motivated to earn more.) (17%)
  • Emerging (e.g. Your basic needs are covered and you are beginning to steadily earn more.) (40%)
  • Unstable (e.g. You do not earn enough income for essentials and need to change your situation.) (39%)

When you think of your freelancing future, which of these statements best reflects what you imagine?

  • I plan to freelance for the foreseeable future. I can’t imagine working any other way. (42%)
  • Doing freelance work has helped me realize I want to change careers and move into a new full-time role. (14%)
  • Thanks to freelancing, I want to turn my side hustle into my full-time career. (18%)
  • I like having the option to take gigs when I have time available or want to earn extra money, but I’m not going to quit my day job. (14%)
  • Freelancing is okay, but I would rather have a regular, full-time job. (12%)

What is your age range?

  • 18 – 27 years (12%)
  • 28 – 43 years (35%)
  • 44 – 59 years (31%)
  • 60 – 78 years (21%)
  • 79 or more years (1%)

What is your highest level of education?

  • High school diploma or equivalent (6%)
  • Some college credit or coursework completed (i.e. no degree) (12%)
  • Vocational, trade, or technical training/certification (5%)
  • Associate’s degree (3%)
  • Bachelor’s degree (44%)
  • Master’s degree (24%)
  • Doctorate degree (2%)
  • Professional degree (e.g. Juris Doctor) (4%)

How many dependents do you have?

  • No dependents (48%)
  • 1-2 dependents (34%)
  • 3-4 dependents (15%)
  • More than 4 dependents (3%)

What is your gender?

  • Female (61%)
  • Male (35%)
  • Nonbinary or gender non-conforming (2%)
  • I prefer to not answers. (2%)

FREELANCING SURVEY GROUP 2: Workers Who Freelanced in the Past

Have you performed freelance work in the last 5 years?

  • Yes. (74%)
  • No. (26%)

Did you perform freelance work in 2023?

  • Yes. (38%)
  • No. (62%)

How much time in your career have you spent performing freelance work?

  • Less than a year (31%)
  • 1-2 years (40%)
  • 3-5 years (12%)
  • 6-10 years (11%)
  • 11-20 years (2%)
  • More than 20 years (4%)

Think back to when you freelanced. Which of the following descriptions best illustrates the relationship you had with freelancing?

  • I was a full-time employee and freelanced for a side hustle. (39%)
  • I was a full-time freelancer. (18%)
  • I was a full-time freelancer, but wanted to switch to regular, full-time employment. (9%)
  • I was a part-time employee and part-time freelancer. (11%)
  • I was a part-time freelancer and also went to school. (11%)
  • I was in between jobs and freelanced for extra cash. (12%)

What is your current career situation?

  • Full-time employee (36%)
  • Part-time employee (11%)
  • Working multiple part-time jobs (8%)
  • Retired (4%)
  • Unemployed by choice (18%)
  • Recently laid off or terminated (23%)

Are you actively looking for work?

  • Yes. (81%)
  • No. (4%)
  • No, but I am open to a new opportunity if I encounter the right offer. (15%)

How many days per week do you work? If you are not working, please answer this question based on your experience in your last job.

  • 1 day (1%)
  • 2 days (1%)
  • 3 days (5%)
  • 4 days (7%)
  • 5 days (67%)
  • 6 days (14%)
  • 7 days (5%)

How many hours per week do you work? If you are not working, please answer this question based on your experience in your last job.

  • 20 hours or less ( 7%)
  • 21-30 hours (13%)
  • 31-40 hours (39%)
  • 41-50 hours (31%)
  • More than 50 hours (10%)

When you freelanced, what motivated you to start?*

*We asked survey participants to select as many responses as applied to their unique situations; therefore, total percentage amounts exceed 100%.

  • Tired of working for someone else (22%)
  • Better job flexibility, like working from home (61%)
  • More income (59%)
  • Caregiving responsibilities (20%)
  • No 9-to-5 schedule (27%)
  • De-stressing/improving personal wellness (24%)
  • Felt stuck in my career (14%)
  • Wanted to explore passion projects (40%)

What avenues did you use to find your freelancing clients?*

*We asked survey participants to select as many responses as applied to their unique situations; therefore, total percentage amounts exceed 100%.

  • Freelance platforms, like Fiverr and Upwork. (28%)
  • Dedicated remote job boards, like Virtual Vocations. (28%)
  • General online job boards, like Indeed or ZipRecruiter. (28%)
  • Google or another search engine. (23%)
  • LinkedIn or other social networking sites. (34%)
  • Company websites and career pages. (23%)
  • Networking and referrals from professional contacts. (62%)

What do you feel is the primary benefit of freelancing?

  • Working remotely/location flexibility. (44%)
  • Being my own boss. (13%)
  • Having more control over my schedule, including what time of day I choose to work. (24%)
  • Getting to set my freelance rates. (5%)
  • Enjoying more opportunities for travel and personal interests. (3%)
  • Rapidly gaining work experience and building my portfolio. (11%)

What do you feel is the primary challenge of freelancing?

  • Staying self-motivated. (11%)
  • Finding enough work. (47%)
  • Paying my own taxes. (7%)
  • Being responsible for my own benefits, such as health insurance and retirement. (13%)
  • Navigating periods of irregular income. (15%)
  • Managing client expectations. (7%)

On a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 representing the highest favorable rating, how would you rate your work-life balance during your time as a freelancer?

  • 0 (1%)
  • 1 (2%)
  • 2 (1%)
  • 3 (3%)
  • 4 (4%)
  • 5 (13%)
  • 6 (6%)
  • 7 (21%)
  • 8 (26%)
  • 9 (11%)
  • 10 (12%)

Based on your professional experience, do you feel freelancers have better work-life balance than regular, permanent employees?

  • Yes. (83%)
  • No. (17%)

How important is it to continue building your skills and knowledge in your career (i.e. through continuing education, upskilling, professional development, etc.)?

  • Very important. (81%)
  • Moderately important. (7%)
  • Important. (8%)
  • Slightly important. (4%)
  • Not important at all. (0%)

How would you describe your workload during your time as a freelancer?

  • I had more work than I could manage. (9%)
  • I had the right amount of projects. (50%)
  • I had much less work than I could manage and wanted to land more clients. (41%)

Why did you stop freelancing?*

*We asked survey participants to select as many responses as applied to their unique situations; therefore, total percentage amounts exceed 100%.

  • I didn’t earn enough money. (47%)
  • Job opportunities were too inconsistent. (66%)
  • I couldn’t disconnect from work. (9%)
  • Paying my own taxes is a pain. (14%)
  • I missed employee benefits. (21%)
  • Self-motivation is not one of my virtues. (9%)
  • I didn’t like being alone. (4%)
  • I put in too much effort for not enough return. (29%)
  • It felt too disorganized and chaotic. (7%)

True or false. When I freelanced, I had a strong support network for sharing job opportunities and building professional relationships.

  • True. (36%)
  • False. (64%)

If you answered “false,” do you think being part of a strong freelancer support network would have influenced you to continue working as a freelancer?

  • Yes. (62%)
  • No. (8%)
  • This question does not apply to me. (30%)

How would you describe your financial situation?

  • Thriving (e.g. You earn more income than you need and are able to save money as well as spend at your discretion.) (3%)
  • Stable (e.g. You earn enough money to feel comfortable; you may or may not feel motivated to earn more.) (23%)
  • Emerging (e.g. Your basic needs are covered and you are beginning to steadily earn more.) (22%)
  • Unstable (e.g. You do not earn enough income for essentials and need to change your situation.) (52%)

Do you feel more financially stable now versus when you freelanced?

  • Yes. (38%)
  • No. (45%)
  • My financial situation is unchanged. (17%)

Would you ever consider a return to the freelance world?

  • Yes. (88%)
  • No. (6%)
  • Only out of desperation (6%)

What is your age range?

  • 18 – 27 years (15%)
  • 28 – 43 years (27%)
  • 44 – 59 years (36%)
  • 60 – 78 years (22%)
  • 79 or more years (0%)

What is your highest level of education?

  • High school diploma or equivalent (3%)
  • Some college credit or coursework completed (i.e. no degree) (19%)
  • Vocational, trade, or technical training/certification (5%)
  • Associate’s degree (6%)
  • Bachelor’s degree (38%)
  • Master’s degree (22%)
  • Doctorate degree (2%)
  • Professional degree (e.g. Juris Doctor) (5%)

How many dependents do you have?

  • No dependents (53%)
  • 1-2 dependents (30%)
  • 3-4 dependents (13%)
  • More than 4 dependents (4%)

What is your gender?

  • Female (67%)
  • Male (30%)
  • Nonbinary or gender non-conforming (1%)
  • I prefer to not answer. (2%)

FREELANCING SURVEY GROUP 3: Workers With No Freelancing Experience

What is your current career situation?

  • Full-time employee (32%)
  • Part-time employee (18%)
  • Working multiple part-time jobs (3%)
  • Retired (3%)
  • Unemployed by choice (23%)
  • Recently laid off or terminated (21%)

Are you actively looking for work?

  • Yes. (80%)
  • No. (2%)
  • No, but I am open to a new opportunity if I encounter the right offer. (18%)

How many days per week do you work? If you are not working, please answer this question based on your experience in your last job.

  • 1 day (0%)
  • 2 days (2%)
  • 3 days (7%)
  • 4 days (7%)
  • 5 days (62%)
  • 6 days (13%)
  • 7 days (9%)

How many hours per week do you work? If you are not working, please answer this question based on your experience in your last job.

  • 20 hours or less (10%)
  • 21-30 hours (14%)
  • 31-40 hours (33%)
  • 41-50 hours (37%)
  • More than 50 hours (6%)

Which of these factors would be most likely to persuade you to start freelancing?

  • Tired of working for someone else (9%)
  • Better job flexibility, like working from home (51%)
  • More income (17%)
  • Caregiving responsibilities (0%)
  • No 9-to-5 schedule (3%)
  • Wanting to de-stress/improve personal wellness (6%)
  • Feeling stuck in my career (6%)
  • Exploring passion projects (6%)
  • I wouldn’t want to freelance for any reason. (2%)

What avenues do you use for job searches?*

*We asked survey participants to select as many responses as applied to their unique situations; therefore, total percentage amounts exceed 100%.

  • LinkedIn or other social networking sites. (71%)
  • Company websites and career pages. (68%)
  • Dedicated remote job boards, like Virtual Vocations. (67%)
  • General online job boards, like Indeed or ZipRecruiter. (66%)
  • Google or another search engine. (43%)
  • Networking and referrals from professional contacts. (28%)
  • Headhunters and recruiters. (25%)
  • Job fairs or hiring events, whether conducted in person or virtually. (18%)

Although you haven’t freelanced, what do you feel is the primary benefit of freelancing for those who do?

  • Working remotely/location flexibility. (44%)
  • Being my own boss. (11%)
  • Having more control over my schedule, including what time of day I choose to work. (29%)
  • Getting to set my freelance rates. (2%)
  • Enjoying more opportunities for travel and personal interests. (7%)
  • Rapidly gaining work experience and building my portfolio. (7%)

And what do you feel is the primary challenge of freelancing?

  • Staying self-motivated. (11%)
  • Finding enough work. (37%)
  • Paying your own taxes. (3%)
  • Being responsible for your own benefits, such as health insurance and retirement. (19%)
  • Navigating periods of irregular income. (23%)
  • Managing client expectations. (7%)

On a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 representing the highest favorable rating, how would you rate your work-life balance?

  • 0 (0%)
  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (4%)
  • 3 (6%)
  • 4 (4%)
  • 5 (27%)
  • 6 (11%)
  • 7 (18%)
  • 8 (16%)
  • 9 (6%)
  • 10 (7%)

How important is it to continue building your skills and knowledge in your career (i.e. through continuing education, upskilling, professional development, etc.)?

  • Very important. (75%)
  • Moderately important. (15%)
  • Important. (6%)
  • Slightly important. (4%)
  • Not important at all. (0%)

How would you describe your current workload? If you are not working, please answer this question based on your experience in your last job.

  • I have more work than I can manage. (25%)
  • I have the right amount of work. (43%)
  • I have much less work than I can manage and would like more to do. (32%)

How would you describe your financial situation?

  • Thriving (e.g. You earn more income than you need and are able to save money as well as spend at your discretion.) (3%)
  • Stable (e.g. You earn enough money to feel comfortable; you may or may not feel motivated to earn more.) (27%)
  • Emerging (e.g. Your basic needs are covered and you are beginning to steadily earn more.) (17%)
  • Unstable (e.g. You do not earn enough income for essentials and need to change your situation.) (53%)

What is your age range?

  • 18 – 27 years (17%)
  • 28 – 43 years (28%)
  • 44 – 59 years (33%)
  • 60 – 78 years (22%)
  • 79 or more years (0%)

What is your highest level of education?

  • High school diploma or equivalent (11%)
  • Some college credit or coursework completed (i.e. no degree) (17%)
  • Vocational, trade, or technical training/certification (3%)
  • Associate’s degree (8%)
  • Bachelor’s degree (38%)
  • Master’s degree (21%)
  • Doctorate degree (1%)
  • Professional degree (e.g. Juris Doctor) (1%)

How many dependents do you have?

  • No dependents (52%)
  • 1-2 dependents (35%)
  • 3-4 dependents (11%)
  • More than 4 dependents (2%)

What is your gender?

  • Female (68%)
  • Male (28%)
  • Nonbinary or gender non-conforming (1%)
  • I prefer to not answer. (3%)

About Virtual Vocations

Virtual Vocations, Inc., founded in 2007, is a private, family-owned, and 100% distributed company. Co-founded by CEO Laura Spawn and her brother, CTO Adam Stevenson, Virtual Vocations connects jobseekers with legitimate, fully remote job openings. Virtual Vocations team members screen job postings to ensure the highest quality standards. To date, Virtual Vocations has helped more than four million jobseekers find flexible remote work options.

In addition to managing and curating a database that, at any given time, houses more than 15,000 current, hand-screened remote job openings, Virtual Vocations offers jobseekers a number of tools to aid in their job searches. These tools include exclusive, self-paced career courses, digital guides for popular virtual job industries, and downloadable worksheets. The Career Services Division also provides job coaching and interview prep, LinkedIn profile enhancement, and resume and cover letter writing. Virtual Vocations also releases multiple data-driven reports each year on current trends in remote work.

Send questions about Virtual Vocations’ “Flex, Freedom & Freelancing Survey” results report to Kimberly Back. Kim is the Senior Job Data Content Producer. Please reach out to her at kim (at) virtualvocations (dot) com. We also encourage you to explore Virtual Vocations’ social media profiles and connect with us. Visit Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest for more remote work content and conversations.

Additional Image credits: Canva; Virtual Vocations images prepared by Kimberly Back

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