Nowadays Many People Choose to Be Self Employed

Nowadays many people choose to be self-employed, rather than to work for a company or organization.

Why might this be the case?

What could be the disadvantages of being self-employed?

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 14 Test 4 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

Today many people choose to work for themselves rather than for others. I believe this is because the corporate world offers little work/life balance. However, self-employment may lead to even more workloads and stress.

People doing a corporate job often find it hard to balance their work and personal life. In a world that is changing so fast, a company is unlikely to remain relevant and competitive if its employees work only the standard 40-hour work week. For example, to compete with the rising social media star TikTok, Facebook required its engineers to work during the weekend to develop Reels, which is Facebook’s new short video feature. As a result, many people have made the leap to self-employment, hoping they can have more control over their time.

However, workloads can be even heavier for the self-employed. Being the only one in the business, a self-employed person often has to wear several hats at once. They have to, for example, do the marketing and accounting, and be the customer supports. An employee, on other hand, normally has only one job role.

Being one’s own boss can also be very stressful. This is because a person’s own business is like their own child. They put their heart and soul into it and thus may keep thinking about it every single minute. Take YouTubers For example. Many of them are constantly checking how many views, likes, and comments their videos have gotten, and become super depressed when the videos they spent hours and hours creating do not perform well.

In conclusion, many people become self-employed in an effort to keep their work and personal life in balance. Nevertheless, self-employment is not an easy path; it can mean greater workloads and stress.

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How to Vary Your Language

  • self-employment
  • to work for themselves

Being self-employed simply means that you don’t work for an employer: it doesn’t mean or necessarily imply that you’re either an entrepreneur or that you run your own business. You could work freelance, such as a private tutor, photographer or Uber driver. So, don’t use “business owners” and “entrepreneurs” in your paraphrase of the question statement. But, you can certainly write about business owners or entrepreneurs in your body paragraphs.

To work for a company or organization
  • To work for others
  • The corporate world
  • Corporate jobs

7 CommentsLeave A Comment

  1. Dear Lilie,
    Thank you for your helpful essay.

    In the introductory paragraph, Would it better to integrate the second with the third with the “while” or “Although”?

    “The corporate world offers little work-life balance, while self-employment can cause a lot of stress.”

    “Although the corporate world offers little work-life balance, self-employment can cause a lot of stress.”

    Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Best regards

  2. Dear Teacher, on the Body paragraph 01, can i explain good reasons as to why people select self employed rather than pointing out why not select to work under employer. in your eample you have explained in the second method( why not work under employee means self emp is better).
    I an confused with the best method.
    Thanks in advance.
    Your site helped me very muchto imporve the writing skill.

    1. Hi, I think it’s best to mention both “being self-employed” and “not working for a company”. In this way, we fully address all parts of the task. Even though I started the paragraph explaining why not to take a corporate job, I did mention self-employment at the end of the paragraph.

  3. At the present time, a number of individuals prefer to work freelance than they used to work for a company or organization. As a result of working alone, we might feel happier and creative because they are no one interrupt us in working hours, while I believe that cooperating one another is the best method put yourself into society and make many good friends in our related work environment.
    On the one hand, the opponents of this view think that it will be invaluable time to be productive and will not waste time for anything apart from official work. Doing job at office, there are many people whom we know very well tend to ask questions about daily works and like to talk about life issues, which will be resulted in working hours even success. Take for example, in some Asian countries, many companies are ruled by state to work employees to themselves at home and office. As they work for continued long time, they eventually created great benefits. Moreover, most of them agree and say that if they had been worked for many hours, they would have spent unnecessary time.
    On the other hand, the world is changed as we develop technologies. Consequently, people are being isolated and separated from their loved ones. Moreover, if they live from the family, they might put themselves to suicide and depression. Although working from home has many advantages such as feel and understand ourselves more, this kind of a new habit brings us negative outcomes. For instance, during the pandemic, there were many people who selected to do work at home. However, after several months, there had been harmful incidents occurred when people were living at home alone. Therefore, many individuals are demanding that they will have more chances if they go outside and work with others.
    In conclusion, we know there are many possible ways to implement if we work alone. Nevertheless, we have to understand more that what will happen in the future without the people who work in the same workplace.

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