Editor | 30 January 2020
Freelancers Beat the January Blues

Freelancers Beat the January Blues

Freelancing could help fight back against the January Blues, new research from IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) suggests.

The trade body representing freelancers found that more than three quarters (77%) of freelancers were happy working for themselves, while only five percent said that they were unhappy. This compares to a national average of 69% who are happy in their jobs.

IPSE also found that most people go into freelancing for positive reasons. These include having greater flexibility (88% of people referenced this), the freedom to choose where they work (83%) and when they work (84%) and having a better work-life balance.

By contrast, only one in five said they went freelance because they lost a job.

Chloé Jepps, Head of Research at IPSE, said: “There’s a reason the number of freelancers in the UK has shot up by 47 percent in the last ten years

“From this, it’s clear that not only are people going freelance for overwhelmingly positive reasons like getting a better work-life balance; they are also significantly happier working for themselves.

“Freelancing isn’t necessarily the answer for everyone, but if you’re reconsidering your job situation on Blue Monday, it might be worth thinking about working for yourself.”

Jason Bradley, Business Development Manager of CloudAccountant.co.uk, said: “There has never been a better time to do something you enjoy and beat the January blues. Freelancing is much easier than it used to be, not least because a range of next-generation tools smooth out some of the pain points.

“Cloud accounting software packages like Xero and FreeAgent make it easier to handling things like bookkeeping and taxes, so you can concentrate on the things you really love about working for yourself.”

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