"Freelancing in America: 2015" is the most comprehensive measurement of the independent labor force in the U.S. How many Americans are freelancing? Why? And what is the outlook for freelancing in America? This study, conducted by an independent research firm and commissioned in partnership by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, surveyed over 7,000 U.S. workers to answer these questions and more. Results showed that approaching 54 million people did freelance work in the past year, driven first and foremost by the lure of a more flexible lifestyle.