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Geographical Distribution

I was rather surprised, when I loaded up Guru’s fairly meager statistics page, to find a claim that 58% of freelancers were located in the United States, plus 3% in Canada. I was able to cross-check this by using the site’s freelancer search capability, though, which allows you to see how many contractors are in each geographical region, and the results were pretty close. Figure 7 shows the distribution as of the time that I wrote this section of the Guide.


Figure 7: Guru Community by Location

The majority of Guru’s contractors list their location as North America; what percentage of these are actually active, though, is unclear. About a quarter are from Asia, and the rest of the world accounts for under 20% of the total.

 


If these numbers are accurate, this is a staggeringly high percentage of North American freelancers compared to other sites. Guru is probably the one freelance site where I find it believable, though, since it aims at the higher end portion of the marketplace. (I’m not saying that all American freelancers are good, nor that all good freelancers are American. But better freelancers demand higher pay, and most Americans cannot afford to work for the piddling pay rates found on low-end sites. In my experience, freelancers from Western countries have a better track record overall than those from Asia.)

The usual caveats apply here, though: this shows all freelancers who have registered on the site, not those who are active. If I were able to graph only active providers, my guess is that the percentage of Americans and Canadians would probably be smaller, due to the dramatic growth of Asian and other overseas freelancers on the Internet, and the fact that many North Americans have given up on online freelancing even on the better sites.


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