In a recent study it was revealed that people in the UK were more optimistic about working for themselves, compared to other European countries.
These findings are no doubt going to surprise many experts, who have long been claiming that factors such as Brexit will mean less British people decide to do things like start a business, become a contractor, and get started in the gig economy. Well, according to this study the opposite is true.
Out of those asked, 44% of people in the UK said it was the best country to go down the self employed route, with 57% saying they were optimistic about the economy.
This doesn’t surprise me at all to be honest, because despite all of the negativity we keep hearing about in the news, the reality of the situation is that many Britons are hard working, ambitious, and want to work for themselves…and many won’t let anything stop them.
Sure, Brexit might cause a few problems with the economy, and yes, nothing is ever perfect…but when you are determined to succeed then nothing can stop you, and it seems that many people in the UK have this mindset.
Something tells me we are going to be alright, this nation of ours, as long as entrepreneur’s, small business owners, contractors, freelancers…they all keep pushing forward and don’t let anything or anybody stop them.
What appears to be even more encouraging is that younger people are more interested in becoming their own boss, with 76% of 18 to 24 year olds saying this is their goal. Compare this to 48% of 50 to 64 year olds, and it’s easy to see why UK economy is only going to become stronger, no matter what happens in Europe.
That isn’t to say that everyone is in support of Brexit though, as the study found that many people do have some concerns about becoming isolated from our European neighbours.
For example, 30% wondered about what our access to the single market will be like once Brexit has taken place, which of course, is very important for anyone that wants to do business with a company in Europe.
Of course, we don’t even know for sure exactly how much Britain is going to leave the European Union, so it’s difficult to predict exactly what is going to happen.
Back to the study and it was found that the 2 main reasons for wanting to become self employed were financial success (48%) and freedom and independence (47%).
You know, I hear this a lot from all you contractors, freelancers and gig workers out there…you just want to make a decent amount of money, but most importantly, you want to be your own boss and set your own schedule.