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.
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 can cause a lot of stress.
People who are doing a corporate job often find it hard to balance their work and personal life. In the past, when there was not much competition among companies, most workers were only required to work eight hours a day, which means after work they still had plenty of time left for themselves. However, the competition is becoming more and more fierce, and as a result many employees had to work harder and longer hours to help their employers thrive. For example, at Facebook, engineers are often asked to work during the weekend to deliver new features so that the company can stay ahead of their competitors, such as TikTok and Snapchat. Thus, many people have made the leap to self-employment, hoping they can have more control over their time.
However, being one’s own boss can 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 their 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, the transition can bring a lot of stress.
How to Vary Your Language
- 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