The happiest workers in America are not salaried or hourly employees. And they certainly don’t work for tips.
According to a recent survey, they are self-employed and independent entrepreneurs. In other words, the happiest workers are those who become their own boss.
Don’t take our word for it: last year, InsuranceQuotes.com survey more than 1,000 workers in the US about what they enjoy most about their employment situation. Happiness was measured on a scale from 1 (“very unhappy”) to 7 (“very happy”).
The self-employed — such as business owners or freelancers who often work short-term gigs or take on projects for multiple clients — scored the highest. People who earn a basic wage and work for tips on top of that – most of them working in the hospitality industry – scored the lowest. More specifically, the research showed:
- The self-employed have an average happiness rating of 5.4 out of 7
- Freelancers — 5.3
- Paid workers – 5
- Hourly workers — 4.7
- Workers with basic salary and tips — 4.3
What makes workers unhappy the most? It varies slightly depending on the salary structure. The research showed that in each group of workers, one factor is the most unhappy:
- Self-employed — stress at work
- Freelancers — stress at work
- Salaried workers — rate of pay
- Hourly workers — workplace stress
- Basic Wage and Tipping Workers – Pay Rate and Associates (Undecided)
Ways to earn more and stay happy
If you’re looking to freelance – or simply pick up some extra income – the possibilities are virtually limitless. If you’re not sure what this means or how to go about it, consider these options:
If you simply want flexibility — rather than being your own boss — try finding a work-from-home job. We have some great options in our story”13 High Paying Jobs You Can Do From Home.”
What is your opinion on worker happiness? Let us know below or at our Facebook page.