Twitter, Skype and coffee beat smart-phone as items freelancers can’t live without
Research recently released by online accountants Crunch shows that smart-phones are rated only seventh in a list of the most important things UK freelancers can’t live without. The main computer, online communication, task management tools, networking events and coffee were all rated more highly.
Only 5% of freelancers rated the smart-phone as their most important tool at work, compared with 34% who chose their main computer and 21% who selected online communication tools, such as Twitter. Even coffee came in at fifth place with 8% of the vote.
Surprisingly, the research also found that male freelancers appear to be more social with 12% of men stating that they couldn’t live without social business support networks, compared to only 4% of women.
Owner and MD at Crunch, Darren Fell said:
“This research is fascinating. It seems to show that despite a push towards more mobile working, today’s freelancers are still tied to their desks. This is why we’re throwing them, many of whom are Crunch customers, a party in Brighton to mark National Freelancer Day on 23 November. Brighton has around double the national average of freelancers, so it’ll be a great opportunity for some networking over a well deserved drink, although we will need to make sure we have enough coffee!”
The most important thing (number one most important) in a freelancers’ working life according to new research from Crunch:
|The number one most important thing at work:||All||Females||Males|
|1. Main computer||34.5 %||37%||32%|
|2. Online communication tools (e.g. Skype, Twitter)||20.5%||22.5%||18.5%|
|3. Organisation/task management tools (e.g. Dropbox)||13.5%||14.5%||12%|
|4. Social/ business support networks||8%||4.5||12%|
|5. Good coffee||8%||7%||8%|
|8. My diary||3.5%||2%||5%|
|9. Tablet computer||1.5%||3%||0%|
|10. Local bakery/shop||0%||0%||0%|
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