About (48%) half think freelancing has overall improved their mental health. About half (46%) think it has overall impacted their mental health negatively. This is a departure from the myth of freelancing being the antidote to a bad job.
We want to improve the number of people who are considering the impact on their mental health before they leap, and increase the number of people who are not thinking about their mental health whilst freelancing.
61.7% say clients don't think about it at all, and 34% think they're only somewhat considering it. Whilst employers are doing great work in looking after the wellbeing of their employees, it's felt they're not considering everyone they work with.
The four-hour-working-week, or even the four-day-working-week, just isn't a reality for most of our community - many are working longer hours, and 68% are stressed by long working hours and tight deadlines.
This dispels the myth that for many freelancing is lonely, but that still means 40% do feel stressed by isolation - and we're working to improve that.
Yet, 51% say more control was the primary reason for moving to freelancing - there's another myth to be busted here.
High or unreasonable expectations from clients cause stress to 69% of our community too
80% say lack of clarity on a project causes stress; 71% say clients ghosting them is a cause of stress; and over 62% say that no support or feedback on a job causes stress
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