Managing stress and lone working: Advice from a business coachBusting another myth, the study revealed that becoming self-employed doesn?t involve having to scratch out a living until you one day become filthy rich, but that it can provide a steady income. A full-time self-employed person earns ?33,000 on average (?6,000 more than the average employee). However, the two extremes of self-employed pay do exits. Some ten per cent of self-employed people earn less than ?11,000 a year, whilst 22 per cent earn above the higher tax rate of ?45,000, and four per cent earn ?100,000 a year or more. Commenting on the research findings, Axa Direct managing director, Gareth Howell, asked whether life gets less stressful during self-employment, or whether the self-employed have simply developed a thicker skin to absorb personal financial shocks and fluctuations. He said: ?We have the stereotype of the adrenalin driven entrepreneur and assume that being your own boss is always stressful. Looking at our index, self-employed people do indeed appear stressed, but that?s only before you compare them to everyone else. ?Being able to wrest back control in an uncertain world is the crux of our self-employment boom, and explains why the self-employed come out best in this year?s study. ?When we asked people about their motivations for starting a business ?control? was the word that came up time and again, in four in ten verbatim answers. ?There is something here about how much control an individual feels they have over their destiny.?
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