According to a new survey by Dinghy, nine in ten UK freelancers felt that moving to the freelance lifestyle improved their quality of life.
Furthermore, nearly half say the best perk of freelancing is the flexibility to work when and where they want.
On the other hand, 98% of respondents said they checked emails and projects during their time off and a third said they “overserve” their clients by overworking and undercharging.
Another downside of freelancing is that almost one in three respondents said they did not receive payment they had done, with over a third saying they had been “ghosted” by the client after submitting the work.
One in three respondents earned less than £19,000 a year, while one in four earned over £50,000. This earning discrepancy is likely due to the amount of experience a freelancer has. About half of respondents said they only started freelancing in the past two years, while a quarter have six or more years of experience.
Several of respondents said they were pushed into freelancing due to the lack of opportunity and growth in their field, so employers should work to create a company culture that better supports a work-life balance and professional development.