In last year's survey of over 1,500 independent workers, 19% of respondents had become freelancers because of a lay-off (while 33% started freelancing because it's standard in their industries). Has this number increased over the past year? Every year or so, we need to take the pulse of our membership. As the economy ebbs and flows along with various industries, the makeup and needs of our members shifts, too. This info is a huge help when we craft political campaigns or talk to journalists. Please take the survey today and get counted.