Happier as a freelancer than as an employee?  - Companies

Happier as a freelancer than as an employee? – Companies

Many Belgians have considered, or are still considering, changing jobs following the Covid crisis. Those who have taken the plunge and left salaried work to become self-employed seem, in the vast majority, not to regret their choice. They are thus seven out of ten new entrepreneurs to say they are happier than before.

Despite a somewhat unusual socio-economic situation, few new independents seem to regret their choice to embark on the adventure. This is what emerges from a study conducted by the HR service provider Acerta among more than 1,000 freelancers who launched their activities from January 1, 2021, i.e. a year and a half ago.

Thus nearly seven out of ten beginner self-employed workers (69%) now say they are happier as self-employed workers than as employees. A third of the self-employed (33%) even say they much happier today than when they were working for an employer. 24% of them say they are as happy as self-employed workers as they are employees. Only 8% say they are less happy (6% less happy and only 2% much less happy).

For Katrien Jonckheer, expert at Acerta Starters & Independents, this does not mean “that we all have to become independent, but that for those who want it, it is often the right career choice.”

Stress

The only downside seems to be the stress surrounding the debut. so about 58% of new freelancers are stressed by their work, following the creation of a company, but also the economic situation. However, the stress level of the self-employed in 2022 seems to have almost fallen back to its pre-crisis level (52%). In 2020, at the start of the Covid-related crisis, the level of stress was on the other hand much higher since 72% of new self-employed people said they experienced moderate or even high levels of stress.

Shortage and war in Ukraine

32% of new freelancers also say that the global shortage of materials is a challenge for their business and almost one in five (19.3%) believe that the war in Ukraine is creating a climate of uncertainty. Conversely, they are 28.6% believe that the coronavirus crisis has brought new opportunities.

Despite a somewhat unusual socio-economic situation, few new independents seem to regret their choice to embark on the adventure. This is what emerges from a study conducted by the HR service provider Acerta among more than 1,000 freelancers who launched their activities from January 1, 2021, i.e. a year and a half ago. Thus nearly seven out of ten beginner self-employed workers (69%) now say they are happier as self-employed workers than as employees. A third of the self-employed (33%) even say they are much happier today than when they worked for an employer. 24% of them say they are as happy as self-employed workers as they are employees. Only 8% say they are less happy (6% less happy and only 2% much less happy). For Katrien Jonckheer, expert at Acerta Starters & Independents, this does not mean “that we all have to become independent, but that for those who want it, it is often the right career choice.” The only downside seems to be the stress surrounding the debut. Thus approximately 58% of new self-employed are stressed by their work, following the creation of a company, but also by the economic situation. However, the stress level of the self-employed in 2022 seems to have almost fallen back to its pre-crisis level (52%). In 2020, at the start of the Covid-related crisis, the level of stress was on the other hand much higher since 72% of new self-employed people said they experienced moderate or even high levels of stress. 32% of new freelancers also say the global shortage of materials poses a challenge to their business and nearly one in five (19.3%) believe the war in Ukraine is creating uncertainty. Conversely, 28.6% think that the coronavirus crisis has brought new opportunities to light.

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