Preferred phone types for freelancers, independent contractors and self-employed – 2016

With new phones coming out every month (or at least feels this way) and with the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to take a look and see what types freelancers, independent contractors and self-employed individuals prefer to use every day. Smartphones have become the lifeline for many people and it’s truly because of technology that many of us can pursue our passions and work for ourselves. Also, it has paved the way for apps like ours because just a few years ago automatic mileage tracking and transactions tracking with receipts was not possible. The pool of options seems endless but we dove into some of our data to see what are the top 3 most popular phones in both iPhones and Android. Note that each category of iPhone also includes the iPhone “S” and “Plus” models, as well as the “edge” models for Android.

phone types for freelancers

iPhones for Freelancers

With the iPhone 6 family (this meaning the 6, 6 Plus, 6s & 6s Plus) being among the most popular phones of all time, it’s no surprise that it holds the top spot with 77% of users are still sticking with it. Since the iPhone 7 hasn’t been around for that long the numbers are still coming in but we think they are going to be pretty high. We noticed a larger migration from the iPhone 5 family since the 7 came out but that’s just part of the upgrade cycle.

Android phones for Freelancers

Next are the Android phones, with the Samsung S5 and S7 controlling the top 2 spots and the Nexus 6P right behind them. Our hunch was that there was going to be a longer tail of device types on Android but not to this level (53% of Android phones are different). Another finding that we found interesting was that Android users (freelancers, self-employed) adopt the newer phones faster than iOS users. Not added here but a phone we are excited to see the performance of is the new Google Pixel and we will update our post once more info is available, so stay tuned.

With more and more on-demand economy jobs being created every day and more individuals taking that leap of faith towards freelance or being self-employed, new tools and resources are being created to assist in daily operations, like we do here at Everlance with mileage and expenses. As always we would love to hear from you. Let us know the type of phone you use and the tool that has helped you the most as an Uber / Lyft driver, Doordasher, realtor, sales rep, contractor, etc.