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Freelancers value good coffee over smart phone

Freelancers value good coffee over smart phone

Twitter, Skype and coffee beat smart-phone as items freelancers can’t live without

www.crunch.co.uk

Research released today by online accounts Crunch (to mark National Freelancer day) 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!”

National Freelancer Day takes place 23 November, the same day that freelancing organisation, PCG, reveal a substantial growth in UK freelancers.

The PCG and Wired Sussex are also supporting Crunch in the putting on an evening for freelancers in and around Brighton (Crunch’s home town). It takes place from 7pm, 23 November at The Terraces. To register your attendance and to find out more, go to http://lanyrd.com/2011/national-freelancers-day/.

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%

6. Broadband

6%

3.5%

8

7. Mobile/smart-phone

5%

6%

4%

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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