“Fifty-three million Americans are now living the freelance life, and they have one very big thing in common: Without the backing of a full-time employer, the onus is on freelancers to handle their own retirement planning.

In all, about 34 percent of the nation’s workforce is now freelance, according to a nationwide survey put out last summer by the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk, an online job marketplace. It’s a percentage of the labor force that’s been growing by roughly 1 million Americans per year over the past decade. ” -CNBC

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