Independent work, freelancing, part-time work, gig work… call it what you want, but 2017 saw a proliferation of new opportunities for workers tired of the same old 40-hour work week. And employers on the whole have been more than happy to find new ways to utilize the talents of this class of workers.  

Last December, we marked the gig economy of as one of 5 job trends to watch in 2017, and, well, that's what we did. Here's a selection of articles showing the growth in opportunities (and threats) to the gig economy.

The growing independent workforce (Infographic)

MBO Partners complied its data on independent workers to show why some professionals choose the self-employment route, and what challenges they may face…

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.