Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 161–179 | Cite as

Money, Work–Life Balance and Autonomy: Why do IT Professionals Choose Self-Employment?



This article deals with the reasons why IT professionals chose self-employment, as well as advantages and drawbacks of this form of employment. A growing number of workers in industrialized countries are now self-employed, most notably in the IT sector. In order to understand this trend better, we carried out a quantitative survey in collaboration with a professional association of independent IT workers in Quebec (Canada). We examined the different reasons why self-employment is attractive for IT professionals, the advantages they experience and the disadvantages they point out. While some authors postulate that self-employment is attractive because it facilitates work–life balance, our results show a strong predominance of the financial advantages and a weak impact of factors related to work–life balance. We also find high levels of job satisfaction, but the effects on work–life balance remain indirect.


Self-employment IT professionals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université du Québec à Montréal-TÉLUQMontréalCanada

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