The majority of respondents (67%) work from home whilst the majority of the remainder either work on-site with clients or at a dedicated office.
The clear majority of freelancers worked 5 days a week. However over a quarter worked 6 days a week. So much for the four day week! This pattern is shared when we look at number of hours worked a day. Over half of respondents worked between 8 and 10 hours a day with 10% of respondents working over 10 hours a day.
|5 days a week||307||56.23|
|7 days a week||29||5.31|
|Less than 5 days a week||64||11.72|
|6 days a week||146||26.74|
|More than 10 hours||51||9.29|
|Less than 4 hours||20||3.64|
Clients and Projects
Over 40% of freelancers only worked on 1 or 2 projects at any time with a quarter working on between 3 and 4 projects. The majority also had relatively short projects with over half lasting less than a month and 34% between 1 and 3 months long.
This gives a picture of focused work on smaller projects, as reflected in last week’s post where 40% of respondents worked on projects worth less than £2,000.
|Who work with?||Count||%|
|directly with clients||224||40.00|
|in partnership with other freelancers||122||21.79|
|subcontracting for agencies||285||50.89|
|Only 1 project at a time||97||17.32|
|Length of project||Count||%|
|< 1 month||285||50.35|
|> 12 months||13||2.30|
Business and Accounting
In terms of legal composition half of respondents worked as a sole-trader, with almost half trading as a Limited Company.
|sole trader part of LLP with other freelancers||1||0.18|
|Not a registered company||1||0.18|
|Not yet registered||1||0.18|
When it comes to accounting, over a third are self-accounting whilst 28% use a local accountant and 21% use an online service (although the wording of this question is probably fairly ambiguous).
|I use a local accountant||160||28.67|
|I use an online service||119||21.33|
|I use a remote accountant||76||13.62|
Once more the clear majority of respondents who use accounting software use Freeagent with 60% of freelancers. 10% used Xero with the remainder spread between Crunch, Freshbooks and Harvest.