We asked, and you answered.
Two weeks ago, we sent out a survey asking freelancers how the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting their work. While we’ve heard many difficult stories from affected members of Freelancers Union since the country began implementing shutdowns and social distancing measures, we wanted to get a clearer sense of just what was at stake for the 57 million freelancers in the U.S.
Today, with the first of the month just behind us and nationwide calls to #cancelrent not yet heard by governments, leaving millions of people on the hook for their biggest monthly expense, the results of this survey paint a stark picture of what is needed for freelancers to survive financially in this moment of crisis.
Of the 5,257 people who had responded to our survey online at the time of publication, the vast majority (76%) reported having already lost work because clients canceled their contracts or projects. In New York, which has been under shelter-in-place restrictions since March 20, that number is even higher (82%). Nearly two-thirds (65%) of freelancers who responded are having more trouble than usual finding new gigs, a result of companies tightening budgets or shutting down altogether as the economy grinds to