Apparently, Britain is a nation of secret entrepreneurs, but why all the secrecy?
A report I read the other day said that 1 in 3 people enjoy hobbies they believe could one day become their business and almost 15 per cent of people are already using their passion project to earn money – which I think is great.
A third of the employees surveyed by Crunch Accounting also admitted to ‘moonlighting’ and working extra work hours on top of their main job. Unsurprisingly, money is the biggest (46 per cent) factor driving people to seek extra work. However, one in five moonlight to develop new skills, with a fifth saying it helped them have fun and meet new people.
So why are people keeping it quiet?
I understand you might not want to shout about it if you’re moonlighting, and I know starting a business and putting yourself and your finance on the line is a risk, but with anything in life… anything worth having in life is worth working for, and you are worth investing in.
Self-employment has grown a whooping 40% since and 2000 and as a result of the entrepreneurial spirit possessed by us Brits, it looks like this number is set to reach a record 5 million by the end of the decade. I’m so pleased people are recognising the benefits of being an entrepreneur in the 21st century, we literally have the whole world at our fingertips at the click of a button and we should use this to our advantage.
I hear 1 in 10 Brits are considering starting a business in 2017 and do you know what my advice to them is? Go for it! In light of Brexit and everything else going on in the world of politics and finance, it makes sense that British employees are starting to look at their passion projects and hobbies, and asking, why can’t I make a go of this as a career?