Do I need a university degree to be freelancer?

30.03.2018

It’s not easy to become a successful freelancer – you need courage, entrepreneurial spirit, a high degree of motivation and a skill in which you really excel. And while those qualities are certainly not easy to attain, there are no formal requirements for freelancing.

You don’t have to go to college or university to get to call yourself a freelancer.

So what backgrounds do freelancers come from? It’s a very interesting question – and we’ve got some extensive answers. We asked over a thousand freelancers from our community to tell us their highest obtained degree. Here are the results:

42.5 percent of our participants said they had finished a university degree. Take the 4.5 percent who told us they have a Master’s degree and that’s almost half! And it shows that freelancing attracts people with high education who believe they can use their knowledge without being a part of a big organization. With a university degree, those 42.5 probably have a pretty good chance of finding jobs, but they chose freelancing instead!

Additionally, 28 percent of our survey participants had finished a technical college degree. That’s no wonder if you consider just how popular some of the technical jobs are with freelancers. Whether you learned how to write code or build websites, technical colleges offer a great deal of expertise that can be useful as a freelancer.

The third big group in our survey were people who had obtained their A levels. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it’s the UK equivalent of a high school degree. 18.7 percent of our survey responders chose that answer. As you might know, there are a lot of young people who were born in the age of freelancing – they know it’s possible and they’re just going for it. And that’s great, because real-world experience is invaluable. You can always go back for that college degree later!

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