In 2000, research firm EPIC/MRA of Lansing, Michigan, estimated that 41 percent of all Americans would be private contractors by 2010. But today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that self-employment numbers have not grown at all over the past four years.

Meanwhile, the number of available jobs continues to decline, pushing freelancers to compete for fewer projects at lower rates.

Freelancers now crowd the few remaining project marketplaces, resulting in situations like that at, where a reported 316,000 contractors vie for jobs from just 30,000 businesses.
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