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8 Million People Thinking About Becoming a Freelancer

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RSS 13 May 2017
A new study that was conducted by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, has found that 8 million would freelance.

That is 8 million people in the UK alone, or about 18% of those of working age, who would down tools with their current employer and go out alone into the freelance world...potentially.

At the end of the day, the thought of becoming a freelancer is a nice one, and of course, many workers do make the step (very successfully), but it is not as easy as it sounds...there are a lot of potential pitfalls.

That is why I advise anyone thinking about making the move into freelancing to give it a good think over, and even try it out part time first before you quit your job and become your own boss.

Many freelancers work from home remotely, which means they are removed from the typical office or factory environment. Some people enjoy this and get on better when they have to work by themselves, although others find the going just too difficult and they end up going back into regular employment after a few months.

Freelancing, or gig working as it is more commonly being called has been in the news a lot recently, mainly because there have been calls for more rights to be handed to freelancers and gig workers.

For example, some politicians are saying that many freelance workers should actually be classified as "employed," which means they would get the same benefits as a normal employee.

I don't agree with this at all, because ultimately, being an employee is completely different than being a self employed freelance worker. Arguing that both sets of workers should have the same rights and benefits is just plain madness, and will simply result in more confusion than ever before.

One of the main reasons why people want to become a freelancers, and I'm sure this includes many of the 8 million people in the survey, is because they want to be self employed, they want to set their own hours and schedule, and they want to decide what jobs to take on.

In other words, many of these politicians who are "fighting for freelancers rights" are actually doing the complete opposite of what the vast majority of freelancers want.

However, I think it's a waste of time trying to explain this to most politicians because they just don't want to listen, or simply can't understand the basic facts.

It's good that 8 million people are thinking about becoming a freelancers. I just wonder what being a freelancer will mean in a few years though if some of these new laws actually go through. Let's wait and see what happens.

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