15 Companies Hiring Freelancers in 2017

The freelance economy continues to grow, and these companies have hired the most freelancers this year.

Boulder, CO, April 3, 2017— According to a survey of over 3,000 professionals, 44 percent of workers expressed interest in freelance work as an appealing work schedule and 26 percent identified themselves as freelancers. To help freelancers searching for freelance job opportunities across a diverse range of industries, FlexJobs has identified fifteen companies that have had the highest volume of freelance job postings in the FlexJobs database since the beginning of 2017.  The most common job categories for freelance jobs in the FlexJobs database include computer & IT, project management, accounting & finance, administrative and software development.

“As this list of companies and jobs demonstrate, the industries that offer freelance gigs are growing in diversity, as are the type of positions that are compatible with freelance work,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “Advancements in technology have bolstered opportunities for people to explore options outside of the traditional model of work and as the workplace continues to transform, those options will continue to grow. And while millennials have certainly pushed the freelancing movement forward, we’ve seen interest in this style of working from across all generations; the common thread among them is a desire for work flexibility,” Sutton Fell concluded.

The freelance economy has grown to include fifty five million Americans, representing 35 percent of the total U.S. workforce. Thanks to freelancing, 77 percent of freelancers said they were able to achieve better balance between career and personal lives.  

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The Top Fifteen

Fifteen companies, excluding staffing agencies, that have recruited for the most freelancers in the FlexJobs database since the beginning of 2017, plus examples of current freelance job listings, include:

  1. CyraCom: Language Services

  2. Haynes & Company: Research
  3. LanguageLine Solutions: Language Services
  4. K12: Education
  5. Razorfish: Marketing
  6. EXL: Business
  7. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Education
  8. Edmentum: Education
  9. Connections Education: Education
  10. VIP PetCare: Animals & Wildlife
  11. US-Reports: Insurance
  12. About.com: News & Journalism
  13. GreatAuPair: House & Family
  14. Shutterstock: E-commerce
  15. Sony Corporation of America: Entertainment


Commonly cited benefits of freelance work include having control over one’s schedule, workload and clients, as well as the freedom to work independently. Some tips to find freelance work include: develop and market a personal brand identity, launch a professional website, prioritize networking and generate business through self promotion and referrals. Successful freelancers will utilize multiple sources for finding gigs, insist on working with a contract and create a system for tracking income and payments.


For more information visit: https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/companies-hiring-freelancers-2017/ or please contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner@flexjobs.com.

About FlexJobs

FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over one million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN and Marketplace Money and in TIME, Forbes, Fortune, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. FlexJobs’ Founder & CEO Sara Sutton Fell has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton Fell is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Conference (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.

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