Four in ten freelancers feeling the strain

The ‘major factor’ in many an employee’s decision to imagine freelancing as an escape of sorts – stress – appears to have only a minimal edge in reality.

When asked, 60 percent of employees said they felt stressed but, of people who had quit the 9-to-5, mental anguish from self-employment was affecting a still significant 40 percent.

People in office-based occupations noted the biggest reduction in stress after quitting their workplace, found AXA, which posed questions to freelancers and their aspiring counterparts.

But the gap was narrower for more hands-on trades, with one in five builders -- for example -- saying their client had proved to be a tougher task-master than their old boss.

Overall, just 16 percent of self-employed people said their clients were “more difficult” to deal with than the bosses they had left behind in full-time employment.

With not even a fifth finding their clientele more tricky, the lot of the typical self-employed person seems attractive. That is until ‘intrusiveness’ – a likely source of stress is factored in.  

In fact, a hefty two-thirds of freelancers said their clients showed no respect for ‘working hours’, expecting emails and calls answered in the evenings, during holidays and weekends.

Yet self-employed people in their 30s and early 40s are best-equipped to accept their client regarding them as ‘always-on,’ as such an age-range covered the happiest freelancers.

 

29th May 2018

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