The UK’s freelance and micro-business sector is packed with workaholics who are increasingly choosing to combine their holiday time with business admin, new research has found.

A new poll from cloud accounting company FreeAgent has revealed that over 90% of micro-business owners admit to checking work-related emails or doing work-related admin while they are on holiday – with nearly two thirds (61%) saying that they do so “regularly”.

In a survey of nearly 600 freelancers and micro-businesses about their experiences of self-employment, 38% of respondents said they work more than 48 hours in a typical week – while 7% said that they typically work 64 hours or more per week.


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