Flexibility, control, and opportunity: Starting work doesn’t have to feel like a failure anymore.
It used to be tough to hold a regular job. Companies offered a flexible schedule, but the work often wasn’t fun and there were no benefits. Now, virtually anyone can work for themselves and earn a decent living, no matter their career. A new study from FlexJobs analyzed data from the Econsultancy’s Freelancing and Remote Working Report and found that self-employed workers in North America are earning between 75 and 125 percent more on average than workers at traditional full-time jobs.
Luckily, it’s easier to start your own business than ever before. Benefits like work flexibility, 401(k) and health insurance, employee stock ownership plans, and paid days off, make it much easier to get off the ground. One study found that 87 percent of women in the U.S. would work as self-employed contractors if they could afford it.
According to FlexJobs, independent workers in Silicon Valley, New York, and Chicago are earning triple the amount they are making in traditional jobs. Check out some of these freelance lifestyle advantages, and look into self-employment to finally start your own business.
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