“ 34% of the national workforce, to be exact — make their living.”
That number is from an advocacy group, and counts anyone who is earning $100 of 1099 income as a freelancer. They count temps, people with full time jobs and side gigs, business owners, and ‘true’ freelancers. The “honest” number (that is, using more common definitions) give a number that’s about 17% — *still* HUGE.
Also, related to the points of both of the others, even that over-expansive definition that gets to 34% ain’t counting loosie sellers, and guys hawking CDs in 7–11 parking lots. So, it’s over inclusive AND under inclusive.