I know I’ve never worked on my laptop in a zoo and, unless you count answering a work email on my Smartphone (after I’ve washed my hands, naturally), I can safely say I’ve never worked in a public toilet. But apparently some of you have according to a new survey. What were you thinking?!
High on a hill… was a lonely freelancer?
A survey by Three, marking the launch of its new business plans, revealed the oddest places #NotDeskers have worked. 17% of the 5000 respondents said they’d worked in toilets, including those on trains, in airports and even the toilet of a friend’s house “to get some peace and quiet”!
It’s not all loos, though. Zoos, mountain tops, cruise ships, the Eiffel Tower, Edinburgh Castle, The Vatican, Jokang Temple in Tibet, a Norwegian fjord, volcanoes and even a Polish monastery all got a mention, besides which the reply of many—‘trains’—seems a teensy bit boring.
Survey respondents were all sole traders, entrepreneurs and small business owners, asked about their work lifestyle in the digital age.
“This is a new type of small business worker, who have nothing but ambition and a phone and turning their passions into a reality,” says Three, which is supporting the #NotDesking scene by offering new business customers the chance to take over its billboard space across the UK.
The digital world and the drive to go it alone
The study also looked at the drivers behind these careers, and found respondents were motivated by passion (42%), money (39%), family (33%) and a desire to help people (31%).
Among to 18-24 year old small business owners, 20% said they can work on their business anywhere in the world as long as there’s a Wi-Fi connection and nearly all couldn’t run it without an internet connection (95%) or laptop (84%). A tablet was judged the most important device for running a business across all ages surveyed, followed by social media. 58% said their business wouldn’t survive without their tablet, and 40% believed they would potentially go bust without social media. The research also revealed the most popular apps used for business: Facebook (40%), WhatsApp (27%), Dropbox (25%), Office 365 (25%), Twitter (22%) and Instagram (19%).
And it seems millennials are working just as hard, if not harder, as anyone else. 18% of young people surveyed run a business while also being employed, spending an average two to four hours a day, on top of their day job, working on it.
Shadi Halliwell, chief marketing officer at Three, said:
“Mobile devices have given every business owner the opportunity to be free from the traditional office environment and even core working hours. The typical ‘9 to 5’ working day is just not a reality for most of these innovative types of people.”
“Equally, there is a trend to having a day job but focusing on building the business of your dreams on the side, demonstrating the passion that is out there.”
Come on then… we know you’re longing to tell us. What’s the oddest place you’ve ever worked?