JAN 26, 2016:
The next time someone takes a jab at you for “not having a real job,” let them know that it’s now scientifically proven that self-employed people are in fact happier. According to a , “freelancer” is the career with the highest happiness ranking in 2015.
Though it is not always gum drops and lollipops (read: you’re always working, pay can be unpredictable, self-discipline is key), the study discovered four major factors that contribute to overall happiness. No wonder it’s anticipated that by 2020, full-time workers.
Flexibility of Schedule
When you work for yourself, you make your hours. Want to try a new spin class, get a quick manicure or meet a client for a long lunch? Just shift around your schedule, work a few hours on the weekend or start your day at 7:30am to account for the missed time. A freelancer’s schedule allows for more work/life balance.
Lack of Office Politics
A whopping 2 million Americans quit their jobs each and every month due to office politics, whether it’s a conflict with a teammate, lack of recognition and responsibility, or an overall culture of disrespect. When you are self-employed, you can remain on the periphery of the day-to-day drama and focus instead on producing your best work.
Total Creative Freedom
Don’t you love doing what works for you and your audience? As a freelancer or self-employed person, you don’t need to cater to sales goals, monthly revenue numbers or yearly quotes—unless you set them yourself!
Who’s the Boss?
You! Having a great boss can lift you up, empower you to do your best work and help you progress at a company. Having a bad boss can discourage your work ethic, make you dread coming into work every day and haunt your nightmares. Just make sure you’re being a good boss to yourself. Section off non-work time and practice self-care.
What makes you happy as a creator? Share with us in the comments!
About the Author
Allyson Rees is a trend forecaster, fashion journalist, creative consultant and copywriter specializing in fashion, womenswear, retail and design. Learn more on her website!