Study: Self-Employed People Are Happier


Just in case you needed another reason to become a pro blogger: a Chinese study recently found that being self-employed was the number one factor in predicting happiness.

Several other reports have found the same thing, despite the fact that the self-employed often work more hours than office workers.

The perks are clear: working from home allows you to arrange your schedule around the other demands in your life, you don't have to deal with office politics and gossip, and you don't have a boss telling you what to do or criticizing your work. And when it comes to creativity, the sky is the limit.

There are some downsides: income can be unpredictable, and self-discipline is a must. You don't get paid if you don't work. You have to pay for your own insurance, and there's a lot of paperwork and invoicing to deal with that in an office job would be taken care of by someone else.

Another potential negative aspect of self-employment that I've personally worried about from time to time is the perception that you can't hack it in the “real” work world—that you have some personality flaw that prevents you from thriving in an office setting. But even that drawback—whether real or imagined—doesn't have much basis.

Approximately 53 million freelancers in the U.S. contribute $715 billion in earnings to the U.S. economy, according to, a freelancer help site. And a 2014 report predicts that by 2020, freelancers will outnumber  company workers.

Still other reports say that companies are taking freelancers more seriously than ever as a vital contribution to their businesses.

So, there you have it! If you were wondering if 2016 should be the year to take your fashion blog to the next level, evidence points to the answer being a resounding #yaaas. You'll most likely be happier working for yourself, and you'll have plenty of company. And if you need any help with that, we are so there for you.

Do you work for yourself? Does it make you happy? Let us know in the comments!


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4 Responses

  1. Zuma Ayriyan

    Kristen, you are so right! I’ve worked for a firm and I’ve had my own practice, and there is absolutely no comparison – I am so much happier being my own boss!! Yes, there are downsides, but what doesn’t come with downsides?! And now, everywhere I look, more and more women and men are freelancing and working from home, and bigger companies have no choice but to take us seriously. Times have changed, and I love it. xo Zuma

  2. dahi k.

    iwork self-employed and i can say: it was the best choice to make. i’m very happy with my work. it’s hard but it’s great and fulfills me.