The Roosevelt Institute and the Kauffman Foundation report “A Vision for the Economy of 2040” says there will be a  likely increase in overall economic insecurity, the result from a society-wide decrease in the number of traditional jobs. Without the stability of long-term, full-time employment from a single firm that provides not only salary but also comprehensive benefits, Americans will need new tools to provide economic security for themselves and their families. 

A career will be composed of thousands of short-term assignments spread out over a lifetime.
— 5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change The Economy By 2040

There is not a single model or clear linear path along which the platforms of the new economy will evolve, but it is evident that the profoundly different nature of jobs and work in the emerging new economy will require profoundly different platforms for organizing work and careers, says the report.

This analysis of the economy is supported by existing trends and research. Gone are the days of the traditional 9-to-5. We’re entering a new era of work — project-based, independent, exciting, potentially risky, and rich with opportunities, says an independent study commissioned by Freelancers Union & Elance-oDesk.

According to the study, there are currently 53 million Americans — 34 percent of the U.S. workforce — working in the freelance economy.

53 million Americans are Freelance

Timing is a major factor in any startup. Dovetail X looks like it has it right as the Roosevelt Institute and the Kauffman Foundation report states "changes in the workplace will move traditional employment increasingly toward entrepreneurship, freelancing, independent contracting, and gig economy". 


Reference sources:

Fast Company: 5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change The Economy By 2040

PDF Report: Freelancing in America

Roosevelt Institute and the Kauffman Foundation report: Next American Economy