10 Facts About Freelancers
February 10-16 is Freelance Writers Appreciation Week!
When I left my job to pursue freelance writing full-time, I got a lot of questions, especially about finding consistent work, having a flexible schedule, and so on. For Freelance Writers Appreciation Week, I took a look into the freelancing world to see how my experience compares to other freelancers.
What does a typical freelancer look like?
The average freelancer is a female gen Xer who works in the writing, marketing, editing, and creative career fields, according to a 2018 survey.
Gen Xers and baby boomers use freelancing as their sole source of income, more so than millennials.
Writing is the most common freelancing field, followed by customer service and administrative roles.
Clients are usually small companies or individuals.
83% of freelancers work at home, rather than a coffee shop or coworking space. (That's one of the best parts!)
And some quick overall stats:
45% of freelancers chose to freelance rather than have a traditional job.
Top factors in deciding to freelance include work-life balance at 70%, the ability to make your own hours at 62%, and freedom at 56%. Agreed!
On the other hand, the biggest challenges of freelancing are finding clients and having a predictable income flow.
About 25% make more money as a freelancer than they did at a traditional job, while 21% make similar amounts.
However, most freelancers said that freelancing has had a positive impact on their life: 60% said it has helped them become healthier, and 66% feel less stressed.
Take a look at the rest of the survey stats by FlexJobs.
If you're a freelancer, do these stats this match your lifestyle?