Freelancing in the rich world

August 4, 2023

A newly released survey Freelancer Study 2023 produced by Freelancermap (an international freelance platform based in Germany) offers some interesting insights into how much freelancers earn in the rich world — mostly in the EU.

The data collected from 3,504 freelancers are not statistically representative of the wider freelance economy (80% of the respondents have a degree or some higher education, 75% are senior experts, 63% work in tech, consulting or management). Still, the results are impressive.

Here are some highlights:

  • €96 was the average hourly rate
  • 65% charged their clients by hourly rate and 19% by daily rate
  • #1 beginner mistake was hourly rate too low
  • €6,200 average monthly net income
  • Half had annual gross revenue over €100,000 and 17% over €175,000
  • 40 hours of work every week and 26 days of vacation every year on average
  • 50/50% new vs. regular clients
  • 98% feel very happy, happy, or at least neutral as freelancers
  • 64% rely on passive methods of freelance marketing

Check out the full PDF report for details.

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