Freelancers are happier than traditional job workers
85% of the people hate their job, a study done by Gallup across 160 countries reveals. The rate drops to 70% in the United States. The study further divulges that in Japan an astounding 94% of workers are “not engaged” with their jobs. The figure is so shocking that the Japanese government has had to intervene to keep the rates of stress and suicide tendency in check.
Is this acceptable? Definitely not. But the irony is that we are doing little to improve on the 85%. We have unconsciously and unwillingly arrived at a stage where doing a job you hate seems to have become a norm. And why are people working at such a job? Because they have to pay off the bills and feed themselves.
Freelancing is a career option that has only become popular recently. It isn’t a career path that is considered stable enough to be recommended after college (or high school); in fact, the majority of the freelancers have an experience of some kind of day job. These freelancers made the switch from the traditional job because of the freedom and flexibility freelancing offers. So, freelancing – in most cases – isn’t something people were forced into, it was their choice.
The statistics say the same. As per the Field Nation Freelancer Study, 86% of the freelancers chose to freelance. 70 percent of U.S. and E.U. independent workers are “freelancers by choice,” according to McKinsey Global Institute. In another study done by Manpower Group, 81% freelancers said their non-traditional careers were a choice than necessity.
And are the freelancers happy? It seems so. The Freelancing in America surveys done since 2015 have found that for many people happiness is largely influenced by freedom, flexibility and choice. And since freelancing offers all the three, freelancers have been found to be happier than traditional job workers in Freelancing in America 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 survey results.
ReportLinker found in its study that freelancers are more optimistic and joyful than their permanent counterparts. 84% of the surveyed freelancers claimed they had found a “real purpose” for working. McKinsey Global Institute (as referred to above) found that 97% of the freelancers were happier than traditional workers.
Even though freelancers are happier, they have their own challenges to deal, with stability being the main concern. On the other hand, stability is the biggest positive for a traditional job. We, therefore, come to the conclusion that both freelancing and traditional jobs have their own sets of pros and cons. In the end, the choice is yours.