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Freelancing in the future
Freelancing in the future

An estimated 53 million Americans—or more than one-third of the U.S. workforce—are doing freelance work today. That's according to a study commissioned by the Freelancers Union, and experts expect that more than 40 percent of all employed Americans will be so-called contingent workers by 2020.

How to prepare for this coming demographic shift? In this video, Sharon Epperson, CNBC's senior personal finance correspondent, talks to Caroline Ceniza-Levine, co-founder of career-coaching firm SixFigureStart, about what's driving this surge to contingent work. Is it the still-recovering economy or worker choice? Where should workers interested in freelancing start? What websites cater to their needs?