The Job Satisfaction Paradox for the Self-Employed

Although the share of the population working for themselves has declined in recent years, self-employment remains an important way that many people make a living. For these people, there's a paradox in the data. On average, the self-employed make less money, work more hours, and experience more work-related stress than the wage employed. Self-employed people have higher job satisfaction, however, than those who work for others, a point confirmed by a recent Pew Research Center report.

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