68% of Remote Workers are Interested in Taking on Freelance Work Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) – Fiverr, the company that is changing the way the world works, today announced the results of a survey conducted in partnership with Censuswide Work and Their Work in 2021. The dataset, which includes 1,035 of those workers, found that the current home work leads to an increase in people’s desire for freelance work.
“We already know that the pandemic has made companies more motivated to work with freelancers. We also found that working from home encouraged more full-time employees to give freelancers a chance, ”said Hila Klein, COO at Fiverr. “At Fiverr, we saw the US freelance enrollment increase 48% year over year [Q3 of 2020]This more than doubled the growth rate in the same period last year. And not only is their number growing, freelancers at Fiverr will also earn more money in 2020 compared to previous years. The possibilities are endless and while COVID has definitely accelerated this shift towards freelancers, we expect it will continue to trend higher after COVID. ”
Working from home has made freelance and part time jobs possible.
With a lack of commuting and more time being spent at home, people are taking the extra time they have now and using it as an opportunity to add new sources of income to their income. In fact, 68% of workers surveyed said they have been more open to freelance and / or part-time jobs ** since the outbreak of the pandemic, and more than half (55%) of those surveyed agreed *** to work from home she realized that freelance work could be a legitimate career option for her. Of those who are more open ** to freelance or sideline activities, many are simply interested in trying something new (39%), while others reported having more time to spare (35%) and the flexibility of working from to Home from home (51%) got them to work as a freelancer.
Unfortunately, many of the workers surveyed are also more open to freelance work ** as their work has been affected by the pandemic. Over a quarter said they were more open because they are currently concerned about their job security (26%) or because they had their full-time pay has fallen so you want another source of income (23%).
People now work more happily from home than they did at the beginning of this year.
The majority (97%) of the employees surveyed in this study state that they have only worked from home for the last 8 months, while only 3% have worked from home for more than 8 months. Studies have shown that it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to develop a new habit, and now that working from home has become a habit for many, satisfaction has risen sharply. 41% of respondents said they were now very happy with their work from home, compared to 29% when they started working from home. This satisfaction could be due to personal investment in facilities. Over two thirds (68%) of the employees surveyed have personally invested in their work from home. Additionally, employees surveyed invested an average of $ 237 in working from home in 2020.
While working from home has proven beneficial, it also has disadvantages. The three biggest challenges when working from home are too many distractions (31%), clear boundaries between work and personal life (27%), and feeling isolated (24%).
Working from home has also resulted in deterioration in physical health. Respondents reported a decrease in physical activity (38%), longer screen time resulting in eye strain / headaches (40%) and more overtime (64%).
2020 has forced people to rethink their current careers.
Almost half (48%) of the workers surveyed said 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic made them more likely to look for a new job. What they would most like to change about their job in 2021 is gaining experience in a new industry (21%), trying something completely new (24%) and starting their own business (20%). In addition, men seem more interested in finding new jobs than women. 52% of men say they are likely to be looking for a new job, compared to 46% of women.
Interestingly, many workers are looking for new jobs because of the pandemic, but may not be because they feel insecure about their current one. 42% of respondents said that they feel just as confident in their work now as they did at the beginning of the year. However, there are still some who are concerned, as almost one in five (18%) said they now feel more insecure about their job ****.
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* The census surveyed 1,035 workers who worked remotely or who did so this year, including 51 freelancers in the US between 11/16/20 and 11/27/20.
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