23 million workers want to become self-employed

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Millions of Britain’s employed workforce are considering joining the self-employed sector because they feel they’re not getting what they want from their current employer.

Research from PeoplePerHour, which surveyed over 1,000 employees, found that as many as 68% have either little or no access to flexible working options, including working from home (64%), annualised hours (64%), flexitime (57%) job sharing (77%) and compressed time (73%).

Other key findings show that a significant 62% have no passion at all for the job they do and 57% say that lack of praise is their biggest annoyance in the work place.

The top three things that people most desired from their working life included: doing something they feel passionate about (43%), having a better work/life balance (39%) and having the ability to work flexible hours (32%).

Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder & CEO at PeoplePerHour feels it’s unfair to tarnish entrepreneurs as ‘wishful thinkers’, or that businesses are set up with no realistic prospect of financial success. He explains, “Brits are a nation of passionate people who are all looking to live their work dream. That is already a reality for some, whilst others are hustling to turn their work dream into reality.

“When it comes to money, Brits are actually very cautious of starting their own business, with 3 in 4 saying financial stability is the biggest barrier to them. Of course, every business may not be a success. But the combination of passion, obtainable goals and a flexible, skilled team to support business growth is the best recipe for success.”

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