Figures from the Government released in January stated that numbers of self-employed people are the highest they have ever been in 40 years. According to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, 15% of the UK’s workforce are now self-employed.
So why has this happened? Why is it that so many more people are choosing to be their own boss?
In this digital age, we are now connected all of the time with our laptops, tablets and phones, and our work can be done anywhere. Gone are the days when it was essential to be in the office. Working from home a couple of days a week is now seen as the norm.
With the ability to be able to work from anywhere, it is much easier for people to re-consider what they do, and how they do it. It is now much easier to be your own boss and not work for a company in the conventional way.
Being self-employed in a ‘soft’ business setting, where you’re working on your laptop away from the grind of the office, is really appealing. You can work when you want, for how long and still get your work done, your way, and the success is yours.
The cultural shift to short term contracts for basically everything, cars, holidays and work will mean that a flexible, home based environment will become more and more the norm in the future.
As the world becomes smaller and more connected, the 9-5 life will disappear and we’ll work when we want to and play when we want to.