Work–life balance

  • Are you working MORE now you’re freelance?

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    A common misconception about being freelance, is that we have a chilled approach to work, waking when we fancy, working in front of This Morning, potter off somewhere for work and never work weekends. Right?

    Nah. NAH. If you’re freelance, you know this isn’t the case. In fact, I’ve always suspected most freelancers work far more now they’re their own boss, than they ever did in their traditional job. New research from Crunch has back this up, showing that the self-employed work an extra 14 hours per week compared to employed workers. That’s an extra month a year!

    There were a few other interesting stats that came out of the research, commissioned by online accounting firm Crunch as part of its Safety in Numbers Report:

    • January is the most stressful month of the year, for a third of respondents. Well, it is self-assessment deadling month!
    • We suck at taking time off. Independent workers take half the average holiday allowance of employees.
    • We don’t work 9-5. Over a third (39%) start the working day before 8am and six per cent even clock in between 4am – 5am. A further 43% are still working after 10pm, with women more likely to work later into the night than men.

    It’s not all bad news. Part of the reason we work harder is because we simply have more to do – marketing, finance, admin, sales etc. But it’s also because we actually like what we do.

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.


    If you are struggling this January, Crunch are trialling a helpline between 4:00am-8:30pm between Monday 29th and Wednesday 31st January on 03332226070, with loads of professional support for freelancers facing tax return wobbles.

    I’d love to know how you get on with work hours and taking holidays. Is balance something you struggle with?

    (Note: Not a sponsored post, I just found these stats really interesting)

  • Join us for the #FreelanceUK Twitter chat tonight

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    Work Life Balance (Photo credit: Scott.Webb)

    Just a quick post to remind you about tonight’s Twitter chat for freelancers. Kicking off at 7.30pm (UK time) on the #freelancersuk hashtag (and also by following @Freelance_life), we’ll be chatting about work/life balance. Questions will include:

    • Do you think you have a good work/life balance?
    • What do you think are the biggest barriers to creating a good work/life balance?
    • Work hours – Do you set them?
    • Where do you work? Are you able to leave the area when you’re finished for the day?
    • Are you able to make time for lunch breaks, exercise and even holidays?

     Got another question you’d like added to the list? Let me know in the comments!


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