Where America is Moonlighting

More than 55 million Americans are working as independent contractors, a figure that’s grown by 2 million over the last two years. And as the independent workforce grows, so does the demand for short-term talent. A recent forecast indicated that more than half of employers are seeking contract workers, a 47% increase from 2016.

Even with this increase in demand, making a living as a freelancer is no easy task. It takes extreme discipline, motivation, and organization to thrive as an independent worker. Factors such as cost of living, freelance-driven industry opportunities, and community support can either create an environment that supports this lifestyle or stifle growth opportunity and potential.

For freelancers who offer digital-based services — designers, programmers, consultants, and writers — being your own boss affords you the opportunity to work from the city of your choosing (or with people in virtually any city across the country). But for the blue-collar self-employed population who offer their services on a location-specific basis — your friendly neighborhood driver, local handyman, dog walker, or errand runner — the place you live becomes even more important.

Good news: there are a number of cities where the freelance life thrives. As the Moonlighting community continues to grow towards 1 million members, Moonlighters are representing and growing their freelance communities in every single state.

Top Cities for Moonlighting

These are the tried and true cities that are pioneering the Moonlighting marketplace. Not only do many of the Moonlighters in these cities make up our core group of users, but they reside in the same cities that boast lower rent, cheaper cell phone plans with great coverage, and killer co-working spaces for small businesses and freelancers.

  1. New York, NY
  2. Miami, FL
  3. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Washington, DC
  9. Charlotte, NC
  10. Philadelphia, PA

Moonlighting Cities On the Rise

Watch out America, and take note of these cities on the rise. Where there’s opportunity, there is an independent workforce ready to grow and thrive.

  1. Jackson, MS
  2. Ogden-Clearfield, UT
  3. Boulder, CO
  4. Daytona Beach, FL
  5. Bridgeport, CT
  6. Lansing, MI
  7. Des Moines, IA
  8. Albany, NY
  9. Little Rock, AR
  10. Stockton, CA

New & Emerging Opportunities

Congratulations! As a pioneer in your area, you can take full advantage of the limited competition while it lasts! Most importantly, share the Moonlighting mission and help create an environment in your area that supports the freelance life.

  1. Buffalo, NY
  2. Reno, NV
  3. Montgomery, AL
  4. Allentown, PA
  5. Springfield, MO
  6. Fort Collins, CO
  7. Albuquerque, NM
  8. Tallahassee, FL
  9. Salem, OR
  10. Indianapolis, IN

Not Moonlighting yet? Whether you’re ready to start your own business, just trying out a few side gigs to get the feel for freelancing, or on the hunt for some short-term talent, now is the time to join the amazing community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and gig workers changing how America works. Sign up for Moonlighting today!

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