We know that lots of people are choosing to leave their 9-5s—recent studies show that about 30% of workers are freelance and estimates are that nearly 50% of the economy will be by 2020 (only a little over 2 years away!). But why? Is it out of necessity? Is it purely choice?
For me, it was a combination of the two. I knew I wanted to go freelance and even had plans in place, but it didn't actually happen until I was laid off (God was giving me a huge nudge!). At that point, I decided to go for my dream and see if I could make it work! I did! And I've chosen to remain freelance because I love it so much...but it's not just me!
74% of professional freelancers say it is their ideal employment situation.
95% say they love, like or are satisfied with what they do on a daily basis. (That is an amazing statistic!!)
86% said they opted into freelancing.
72% say they make the same amount or more money than they did before.
45% of freelancers characterize themselves as small business owners and entrepreneurs.
But why? In addition to some of the reasons above...
Work-life balance is becoming more difficult. Excessive overtime and a lack of flexibility are among the top reasons people leave jobs. – Work-Life Challenges Across the Generations, EY When you're a freelancer, you have much more control over your schedule. You still have to be attentive to your clients' needs, but you're not tied to a desk for a straight 9 hours every day. You can sleep in late and work late, or take a 2-hour break in the middle of the day if you want. As long as you're getting your work done on time, you're good.
80% of the workforce says they would like to work remotely at least part time. Yet only 7% of employers make flexible work available to most employees. – GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com
One of the greatest perks of being a freelancer is that you can do it from anywhere. Most of the time, you'll probably work from home, where you can throw in a load of laundry, crank your music up loud, run errands in the morning or have a cup of coffee while sitting on your back porch. Your work fits into your LIFE, rather than your life revolving around your work. It's a more natural way of working.
For these reasons and many others, more and more people choose to go freelance every day. If you're a freelancer, why did you choose that lifestyle? Why do you continue to choose it every day?