Over 50s bucking decline in freelance numbers

    Simpson Wood
    22nd February 2024
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    Tens of thousands more over 50s are now running their own businesses despite an overall decline in self-employment since 2020, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).

    Additionally, of those aged 50 and over in self-employment, as many as one in six launched their businesses within the past three years.

    IPSE’s Director of Policy, Andy Chamberlain, said:

    ‘It’s clear that self-employment’s offer of independence and autonomy in work are particularly attractive to experienced professionals, especially if they have lost an employed role or have become disillusioned with the nine-to-five.

    ‘Many harbour dreams of starting their own business, whether it’s to pursue a lifelong dream, increase their income or find a better work-life balance.

    ‘But the over 50s, now in the prime of their careers and with decades of experience under their belt, likely have even more confidence in their ability to make a success of it.’

    Internet link: IPSE website

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