NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a first survey from December 2016, ReportLinker conducted a new research on the future of work and the gig economy to find out if attitudes and opinions had shifted since last year.
Key findings of the survey show that:
- A quarter of respondents (26%) say they would consider exiting the traditional workplace to work as a freelancer or independent contractor
When giving the main reason for a change:
- 29% of freelancers say they enjoy the freedom that goes with being their own boss.
- While 23 % say the gig economy appeals to them because it offers a better work-life balance
- Flexible working hours, a need for freedom and a better compensation were also mentioned.
- The main drawbacks cited were the lack of retirement benefits (27%), a low financial security (19%) and the lack of job security (18%).
Being happy matters:
- 73% of freelancers say they feel a sense of purpose working this way
- And 65% of people believe freelancers are happier than other professionals
And although most people picture freelancers working from the local coffee shop, 41% work from home.