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The Gig Economy Goes Mainstream

As Freelancers Union Founder and Executive Director, Sara Horowitz is an innovator for tomorrow's workforce. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @Sara\_Horowitz.

Hitting the front page of The New York Times on July 13 is a message we’ve been talking about for years: the “longstanding notions of what it means to hold a job” aren’t what they used to be.

Over 53 million Americans are freelancing today — but without the benefits or security of a 9-to-5 job. No wonder freelancers are constantly hustling.

“The increasingly arm’s length nature of employment helps explain why incomes have stagnated,” NYT labor reporter Noam Scheiber writes, “and why most Americans remain deeply anxious about their economic prospects six years after the Great Recession ends.”

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The evolving economy and the freelance workforce will be key issues in the upcoming presidential election. And Hillary Clinton just started speaking directly to this large bloc of 53 million voting-age Americans. “This on demand or so-called gig economy is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation,” she said in a televised speech on July 13, “but it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protection and what a good job will look like in the future.”

The New York Times is talking about it, Hillary Clinton is talking about, and the rest of America should be talking about it. The gig economy is going mainstream — and it’s about time.

Read more about The Rising Economic Insecurity Tied to Decades-Long Trend in Employment Practices.

Sara Horowitz As the founder of Freelancers Union, Sara has been a voice for freelancers for over two decades.