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The key to happiness may be working for yourself

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Being your own boss is something many people aspire to. Control of your own destiny, better work-life balance and the possibility of higher earnings are all cited as reasons for wanting to make the leap into self-employment.

However the reality can often be very different. As many business owners will tell you, the ‘to-do’ list never seems to end and you often put in even more hours when it’s your own venture at stake.

But even though the grass may not always be greener on the other side, self-employed people are a generally happier bunch, according to a recent survey.

The poll, carried out by a-connect, asked 400 people who worked for themselves or others, to rate their levels of happiness. Self-employed respondents were more likely to describe themselves as ‘extremely happy.’

The respondents who were in full-time employment were generally happy too, but saw work as a necessary means to help them pursue happiness in their leisure time. The key difference being that self-employed respondents cited work itself as a primary source of happiness.

All respondents were asked if they would change their employment tomorrow if given the opportunity. Most employees said they ‘probably would’. However the opposite was true of the majority of the self-employed contingent, who replied that they would ‘definitely not’ change their role.

If self-employment is a route you’d like to explore, get in touch with the team at CharterRED to find out how we can help you make the transition.

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