International Women's Day 2016 - Women in freelancing


As you would have seen, this Tuesday was International Women’s Day.  International Women’s day was initially created in 1911 by a German socialist and theorist Clara Zetkin along with 100 delegates to mark the idea of advancing women's suffrage & denoting women's enormous contribution to humankind. Nowadays International Women’s Day is more motivated towards the pay gap and women closing the gap in the boardroom. 

Many women, in a bid to escape a lot of these issues, are turning to freelancing. There are currently around 1.88m independent freelancers in the UK and a great number of this amount are actually women, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).

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So why are women turning to freelance? It might be the flexibility of working from home or perhaps it is that ever mentioned glass ceiling females seem to encounter from the male dominated corporate world. 

It can’t be denied that freelancing for women has the large incentive of the ability to work from home meaning that working mums will save up to £11,000 (and if not more) in nursery and child-care costs.  There are also opportunities to earn a higher income than being employed as well as the prospect of having a career that they are passionate about and not just another “job” to pay the bills.

There are plenty of stereotypes as to why women make better freelancers:

  • Females are predisposed to multitasking so can therefore manage multiple contracts which is essential with freelancing
  • Women can function better than men with little or no sleep meaning that they can work longer and more of the more awkward hours that being self-employment can generate
  • Being a woman means that they are more personable, they are better suited to building relationships which is integral to freelancing
  • Ladies are much more disciplined, so less likely to struggle with the unregimented and autonomous work dynamic of freelancing.

Now, I’m not saying that these stereotypes are true! It’s impossible to put much standing in stereotypes as an argument as to why women are turning to freelancing or even why they are so successful as freelancers but it is certainly interesting to read.

All the facts about women and freelancing all point towards the same thing, that more women are finding that freelancing can be more attractive than employment.  Giving them freedom to work the hours they want to and fitting their work life around their personal life and not vice versa.

Are you a female contractor?  Do you agree with these points?  Or maybe you are a male freelancer and you want to put your point across.  Feel free to leave your comments below!