Top Motivators & Demotivators for Freelancers

It’s no surprise that a high proportion of creative professionals tend to migrate to freelance work at some point in their careers. After all, it can be difficult to do your best work when confined to a 9-to-5, produce-on-demand type environment — especially when you’re not particularly enthusiastic about the projects to which you’re assigned.

In fact, having the creative freedom to choose the projects that interest them and the flexibility to work their own hours are the top motivators for becoming a freelancer, according to The Freelance Behaviour Report. The recently released study from DesignCrowd revealed the results from a survey of 1,000 freelance designers across the globe to examine how they live and work, as well as what motivates them to choose freelancing versus a traditional workplace.

Key findings from the report reveal that, while 29% of freelancers choose their current path due to the higher earnings potential versus a full-time job, the majority (61%) decided to freelance so that they could work on projects that genuinely interest them.

Besides creative freedom, 55% opted for the freelance life because of the opportunity to work their own hours, with one in five (20%) opting for freelance work because it allows them to care for their children or other family members.

While being able to work on more interesting projects within the hours that they choose is a powerful incentive for turning to freelance work, freedom from the traditional office environment calls for greater self-discipline to stay focused.

As the survey participants found, remote work brings a lot of distractions that can quickly sidetrack projects. According to the study, the biggest distractions for freelancers were caused by electronics, pets and snacking. One-third (37%) of freelancers are distracted by their smartphones, 15% by television, 12% fall prey to clickbait, and another 12% have lost work time to gaming. Another 11% get preoccupied by online memes, 8% are distracted by pets, and 5% by their fridge.

Staying focused often requires effort. Eliminating some of your top concentration killers can help you to stay on task. Or if you’ve already strayed and are having a hard time getting back on track, try this popular time management technique. There are also scheduling and task management methods that can help you concentrate on the task at hand and meet your deadlines.