Can you find freelance work online?

Emma Woollacott
Woman using laptop at home, close up.
Woman using laptop at home, close up.

The number of self-employed people in the UK has rocketed over the last couple of years. According to the Office for National Statistics, there are now 4.5 million, up 375,000 over the last year.

These figures aren't all they seem. Many of these people are unhappily working just a few hours a week. But many more are happy to be their own boss: a recent survey from the Resolution Foundation found that three-quarters were happy with their lifestyle.