free·​lanc·​er | \ ˈfrē-ˌlan(t)-sər How to pronounce freelancer (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The startup’s focus: helping freelancers and gig-economy workers who don’t have benefits deal with the headaches of taxes, health insurance, and saving for retirement. Scott Kirsner,, "Catch’s founders just wouldn’t take no for an answer," 13 Jan. 2020 And California has new laws on freelancers and consumer privacy that can affect out-of-state companies. Washington Post, "2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses," 2 Jan. 2020 One freelance platform, Upwork, hosts 375,000 freelancers and 475,000 hiring employers at any given time, a third of them Fortune 500 companies. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Gig work: It’s on the rise and for many in the Baltimore area, a way of life," 29 Nov. 2019 The larger footprint means WeWork must expand beyond its original target community of freelancers and start-ups by seeking to woo a host of big name corporate enterprises. Ben Edwards, Fortune, "WeWork Is London’s Largest Tenant. Now, the City May Pose Its First Major Test," 22 Sep. 2019 Hector Saldaña is a San Antonio freelancer and curator of the Texas Music Collection at The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Hector Saldana,, "George Lopez saddened by Texas, Ohio attacks prior to Majestic Theatre shows in San Antonio," 6 Aug. 2019 Most of these people are freelancers, called in from around Louisville on any given night to help out with a broadcast. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "A night in Louisville's huge ACC Network broadcast center can change how you watch games," 23 Dec. 2019 What to Download: The Localist with Carrie Rollwagen Mom-and-pop owners, freelancers, side-hustlers—you’ll find them all on The Localist podcast, the latest project from lover of all things local, Carrie Rollwagen. Sarah Cook Mcbride, al, "December culture picks from Birmingham magazine," 20 Dec. 2019 Some forecasts project as many as half of all U.S. workers could be freelancers within the next decade, many of them by choice. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Gig work: It’s on the rise and for many in the Baltimore area, a way of life," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of freelancer

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jan 2020

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“Freelancer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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