Freelancing: what’s really making us ditch the 9-5?
In this week’s episode, we ask what’s really making us ditch the 9-5 to go freelance?
Anna shares her experience of going self-employed after losing her job in a round of redundancy. She talks about how she found the experience of working for herself a lot more fulfilling and empowering than she’d expected but that at the same time, the solution to feeling discontented in a job can't be for everyone to just quit.
We then discuss what the rise in freelancing, particularly among women, tells us about work culture as a whole (spoiler alert: it’s broken.)
In our final segment, we talk about what we can do to improve our individual situations if we’re struggling with a work problem and what needs to change on a macro level to make work better suited for everyone.
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Work Isn't Working: The Real Reason More Women Are Going Freelance, Anna Codrea-Rado, Refinery 29: https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2019/07/236272/how-to-go-freelance
IPSE research on the rise in solo employment: https://www.ipse.co.uk/resource/self-employment-in-the-modern-economy.html
Twitter thread on why more women journalists are going freelance: https://twitter.com/LucyPasha/status/1155921657636302849
IPSE research disabled people choosing to go freelance: https://www.ipse.co.uk/ipse-news/news-listing/disabled-self-employment-let-down-government.html
NYU study on the allure of self-employment for women and minorities: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1053482203000214
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