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Getting to Know the Self-employed

October 30, 2018 by OSYB Staff

QuickBooks Self-employed surveyed 923 self-employed people to document the reasons for being self-employed, how and why they got started and what motivates them to succeed.  Here are some of the results of the survey:

  1.  Why self-employment? They have a hobby that they are passionate about and have wanted to pursue it for a long time.
  2. How did they decide on a  self-employment track (in order of greatest response first):
  • a long-time hobby
  • desire
  • passion
  • talent
  • something easy to start
  • high potential for income
  • fell into it
  • moved from employed to self-employed in same work
  • family business or craft

3. Some characteristics that the self-employed share:

  • life long learners
  • passion not necessity drives them
  • willing to make sacrifices
  • value time over money and people over profits
  • tend to be jack-of-all-trades and master of none
  • unafraid of working with smarter people
  • tend to more cautious than risk-taking

For detailed information:  7 Things That Separate Self-Employed Workers From Everyone Else

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