Seventeen million Americans identify themselves as self-employed——-up 10% from 2011. Generation Xers (aged 34-49) comprise 36% of the self-employed—– the greatest percentage of any age group. Thirty-three (33%) are baby boomers (aged 50-67), 20% are millennials (aged 21-34), and 11% are matures (aged 68 and older). This number is expected to reach 24 million by 2018. This anticipated increase is due to several factors. Companies are increasingly comfortable outsourcing work to freelancers and consultants, while individuals are choosing more flexibility and control in their work life. This survey was sponsored by MBO Partners, a billing and tax firm for the independently employed.
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