Nowadays Many People Choose to Be Self Employed

Lilie King

Lilie King

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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.

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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
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5 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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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