These self-employed see an opportunity in the tight job market

These self-employed see an opportunity in the tight job market

Employees are more likely to quit their jobs and become self-employed. There were about 60,000 people in the third quarter of 2022, a record. Many want less responsibility and more freedom.

Admittedly, the decision to never work on the weekends again fell through a few days later. “The week after that I was unemployed,” says Barbara Meenks, 55. “So if he asks for such an exchange, say yes.”

Still satisfied. She has been working freelance for one month in the geriatrics and midwifery department where she has been working for 37 years. “I wanted to manage my own agenda,” she says. “I was always tired and slept badly. Then I came to work and I had a colleague who was sick. The workload was heavy.”

It didn’t happen overnight. “I read well, learned all about the self-employment shelf.”

Rianne Vroegindeweij (25) sees the money she earns as a freelance teacher as a huge advantage over her previous full-time job. As a result, he has to work less and has more time for his studies.

It has no problem filling cage spaces. “The lack of education is huge, I contribute to it. It’s also educational: I see many different schools and children. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone.”


Both find it positive that they have less responsibility as self-employed. “I am a perfectionist,” says Vroegindeweij. “He always wants to deliver quality. Now when I’m busy with my studies, I work a little less. In service, this is not possible.”

Meenks finds this a relief. “I do my job and after one shift I close the door behind me. There is a huge difference from before. Then I was constantly given extra tasks or disturbed on my day off.”

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Meenks arranges orders through an agency. “This may be an advantage, but the downside is the cost. I earn less because they get a share. I set my own rate.”

Vroegindeweij takes charge of the purchase himself: “This makes a difference in terms of income: all the money goes to me, not to an intermediary. I also like to be busy. And that befits entrepreneurship.”

Erik Stam, Professor of Strategy, Organization and Entrepreneurship, says it is not surprising that the number of self-employed people is increasing in the Netherlands. But he is surprised that the increase has continued for decades. “Many people have tasted it, everybody knows what makes it, they mess with each other.”

He says there is no single reason. “The combination of years of tax benefits for young professionals and self-employed, the Dutch desire for autonomy and technological advances: you can start a business from your basement. Then there is a tremendous shortage in the labor market.”

short and long term

Because of this shortcoming, the negotiating position of freelancers has increased. “People realized that with this they could earn more and also control their time.”

Self-employment is profitable in the short run, but carries risks in the long run. “This ranges from providing retirement savings and occupational disability to further education. Things that are delayed too long or are less accessible than employment.

not insured

Meenks and Vroegindeweij are not insured and do not accumulate pensions. In the case of Meenks, this is the future. “I just started and want to do good for it, this is still on my to-do list.”

Vroegindeweij doesn’t care that much. He hopes to do this work for a few years at most. “After I finish my master’s degree, I would like to be employed somewhere. Being an entrepreneur is so much fun. The tax return is annoying, but you never forget the first invoice.”

Source: NOS