More than one in ten (12%) British workers have left previous jobs to become ‘funtrepreneurs’, pursuing a career they are passionate about, according to research from Samsung Electronics UK, in association with the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) and YouGov.
Samsung has released the results of the survey to coincide with the launch of the TabPro S, a 2-in-1 Windows tablet PC for both work and leisure.
Two in five workers who left their jobs to pursue their passion say they did so because they didn’t like the working culture at their old company. Almost a third (32%) claim they wanted a change of lifestyle, while over one in ten (14%) say they wanted to be their own boss.
People who have turned their passion into a pay cheque expect to make an average of £22,594 in their first year of working, rising to £33,845 within five years.
Self-employment is an ever more popular option for UK workers, with the number of self-employed increasing by 257,000 to 4.79 million in the three months to June 2016. IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, says the consistent, strong growth in self-employment is partly driven by an increased desire among people to work flexibly and control their careers.
More than four in 10 (42%) workers surveyed by Samsung say they prefer to work flexibly, whether that be at home, in a café, or in the office; 34% believe flexible working spaces, such as Club Workspace or Central Working in London, would help them kick-start their own company.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S meets funtrepreneurs’ desire for flexibility by providing the most popular laptop features in a sleek, portable tablet form. Delivering full PC functionality with Windows 10 and enhanced fast charging features, Samsung says the 2-in-1 computer is ideal for people looking for one device to use in all aspects of their lives.
A special limited edition version will be on sale online and at Boxpark in Shoreditch, London on August 26 and 27. Costing £799, it features top tips and insights for budding entrepreneurs and comes in an exclusive box designed by artist and designer Luke Edward Hall.