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Half of Americans to be self-employed

Staff writer |
One in two American workers are projected to be self-employed by 2020, according to MBO Partners. While the shifting economy has surely pushed some people into independent work, many have chosen it.

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Career goals for contemporary professionals are changing and given how quickly this trend is taking hold in the United States, today's employees who aspire to be tomorrow's contract workers need to prepare now to navigate this changing landscape.

To help professionals effectively transition to contract work, the Career Advisory Board, established by DeVry University, worked with MBO Partners, Inc., a provider of back office services for self-employed professionals, to conduct a new study, The Future of Work: Preparing for Independence, which examined the attributes and skills of those who are gainfully self-employed to help aspiring contractors get and stay ahead in this ever-changing work environment.

According to the study, professionals are choosing self-employment in order to control the type of work assignments they pursue, to have a greater sense of flexibility and work-life balance, and to follow a passion.


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