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August 2, 2001
New Survey Explores Aspirations, Concerns When Considering Freelance Self-Employment
By Sherril Steele-Carlin

A recent survey created by gives some surprising new information to the hordes of people who hope to become self-employed freelancers in the near future. Some of the most surprising results came when comparing female responses to their male counterparts' responses. During the month of June, 818 respondents answered questions about their willingness to leave their current employer and strike out on their own.

The survey found that the more money the respondents made, the less excited they were about starting their own business - they felt there were too many "risks involved." Cynthia Morgan,'s executive producer and vice president for content has been compiling the data. She said in a interview, "We found that tech pros with high income levels were especially concerned about risk, which makes sense, since they probably have the most to lose."

"One surprising point -- the younger and less experienced you are, the more likely you were (as a respondent on this survey) to think that self-employment's biggest advantage is the ability to control your work hours. I would have thought just the opposite," Morgan continued, "since older, more experienced workers are also more likely to have established families and homes."

When asked, "what would you most enjoy about being self-employed?" 31 percent of all respondents and 32 percent of self-employed respondents said, "I can choose the work that most interests me." They were least happy about having to sell themselves to potential customers.

Respondents also agreed on the traits necessary to succeed in your own business. 22 percent of all the respondents and 29 percent of self-employed respondents said "ambition and a willingness to work very hard" were the most necessary traits for success as a self-employed professional.

In an overwhelming result, 84 percent of the people polled said they would stay in their current field of technology if they went solo. Only 6 percent said they would leave their field entirely. Most also felt it would be easier for a person in the technology field to go solo with their career. 44 percent said they thought technology professionals would have an easier go with self-employment.

There were several questions related to gender-specific issues in self-employment. Overall, "I got the feeling from the survey that women just wanted more control over their lives, period," Morgan said. Women said they wanted more control over their workload, hours, and location. They also worried about making less money, isolation from friends and peers, and about having to sell themselves to their clients.

Men on the other hand, were excited about being their own boss. They worried about risk, and lack of a team for collaboration. They also worried about a lack of money when starting, but were more comfortable with the idea of starting a business with a family member.

One of the most surprising results of the survey was how people viewed their own skills. Many technical workers felt they were missing some pretty necessary skills to open their own business, like communications and sales, and financial management skills. Many women said they were less confident of their skills and knowledge in these areas.

The survey shows that people who aren't self-employed still look at self-employment as a better way of life. Morgan continued, "Those who aren't self-employed tend to have a far rosier picture of self-employment than the people actually living the dream."

If you're interested in viewing more survey results, you can find them here:

Sherril Steele-Carlin is a full-time freelance writer from Reno, Nevada. She's published numerous articles in print and online publications.

She's also the author of the new e-book "How to get a Life by Living and Working in a National Park."


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