Many individuals believe self-employment has 'improved quality of life', survey finds

A survey carried out by AXA Business Insurance has revealed that a significant number of self-employed individuals believe that working for themselves has ‘improved their quality of life’.

82% of those polled believe that being their own boss has enhanced their quality of life, whilst only 7% believe that working for themselves has negatively impacted on their quality of life.

The survey also suggested that, in regard to mental health in the workplace, just 40% of self-employed individuals experience work-related stress, compared to 60% of those in regular employment. 

However, when it comes to starting up in business, the survey revealed that many UK entrepreneurs struggle with their self-confidence: 50% stated that they lack confidence, while 22% reported that mental health issues hold them back from pursuing their business goals.

Commenting on the findings, Gareth Howell, Managing Director of AXA Insurance, said: ‘Some people are attracted to self-employment as a route out of a damaging workplace situation. Whatever your motivation, timing is crucial to success or failure in self-employment.’

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