The Results of the FreelanceSwitch Survey Are In! — I received notice last night that the results have been tallied and analyzed for the FreelanceSwitch freelancer survey. Because I participated, I get the report for free. Nonparticipants who want to see the full results can acquire it for a minimum donation of $3 via FreelanceSwitch.

Some of the basics of the findings are summarized in the results announcement, but it barely scratches the surface. The full 55-page report covers these areas:

  • Demographic
  • The Freelance Life
  • Finding Work
  • Client Projects
  • Dollars & Cents
  • Extra Analysis
    • Freelancing & Happiness
    • Income & Freelancing
    • Satisfaction & Income
    • Community Size

Honestly, it’s probably not going to revolutionize the way you run your freelance business. BUT it will give you a better sense of where you fit into the freelance world and perhaps point you toward some areas you may want to investigate further or where you may want to make changes. I particularly enjoyed the “extra analysis” sections. In other words, it’s worth $3.

Now, what surprised me most about the results of the survey was how low the average hourly rate was for writers. I assumed that it would be much higher, but I’m also looking at it from an American perspective rather than a global perspective. What surprised you about the report? Check it out and let me know what you think.

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  • Amy Feb 17, 2008

    It surprised me that there was no specific categories or information for editing; I guess I must have been one of the only editors to take the survey. …

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