Most freelancers are another type of entrepreneur: scrappy, tough and willing to work just as hard as anyone else, but without a staff, office or inventory. And 92 percent of them are happy to be freelancers, according to a study released yesterday by CreditDonkey.com.
In a survey of 424 independent contractors, CreditDonkey.com asked freelancers why they went independent, what they like about it, and what keeps them up at night. Not surprisingly, 34 percent love the flexible schedule afforded to them by freelancing, 22 percent enjoy the freedom, and 18 percent like being their own bosses. Nearly a third started freelancing because they wanted to start their own business. And the two biggest pain points for freelancers are the income uncertainty (56 percent) and family and friends thinking that they don't have a real job (18 percent).
For those interested in reading more about freelancing and freelancers, The Freelancers Union offers up stories from members, detailing how they got started and why they freelance.