Monday, October 24, 2011

More dads turning towards shedworking

More and more dads are taking the opportunity to shedwork and work from home generally to help or solely look after the children, claims a new study by According to their stats, there are now 4.3 million freelancers in the U.K, an increase of 28% since 2007 - an estimated 2.4 million (56%) began freelancing within the last two years. Their findings include:

* 36% of survey respondents cited wanting to be their own boss/doing what they loved as their main reason for turning to freelancing

* 67% cite technology/faster Internet access as the main factor enabling their transition

* 90% admit a better work/life balance from freelancing

* The average freelancer saves 8.6 hours per week on commuting: 60% of respondents spend these saved hours for both extra work and extra leisure.

Graham set-up 6 Hats Media as a freelance marketing and business development consultant back in July 2009 and said.
“I wanted to spend more time with my wife and three children, having been part of the senior management team at Ebay for 5 years, 4 years at Yahoo and Kelkoo and consulting for various media agencies on large and small scale projects for blue-chip clients such as Kodak and Epson.

“I got tired of working from 6am to 11pm most nights when I was travelling backwards and forwards to London on the train and tube every day and working most weekends on something that had to be done or was always urgent. I felt like I was missing out on a lot of my children’s school activities (school plays, sports days) and so wanted to spend more time with them before it was too late."
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