New research reveals Paris as the best city to be a freelancer
AppJobs took the best cities to live in around the world and analysed a series of metrics such as the number of freelance jobs, number of cafes with free wifi, cost of living, average self-employed salary and the percent of the city population that currently freelance, and created a score out of 100 to reveal the best cities around the world to be a freelancer in. You can view the full findings here.
and more businesses are starting to use freelancers which gives individuals more
opportunities to find contract employment that can supplement or even replace
their original career. Freelancers benefit from the flexibility of working hours
and working environment, which allows them to work from anywhere, however, some
places are more freelancer-friendly than others.
which cities around the world offer the best work and lifestyle for
best cities to be a freelancer
the table below which reveals the top 10 cities to be a freelancer
takes the crown with an overall score of 54.3 out of 100. Self-employed people
in Paris can expect to receive an average salary of £36,656.18
per annum which is just below the world average for freelancers of £38,855.16.
However, Paris comes in first place for the most freelancer jobs available with
almost 4,000 (3,938) within 25 miles of Paris. The average cost of rent in Paris
is £1,040.03 per month which makes it the 19th most expensive city to live in.
Nevertheless, with 367,704 free wifi spots and 265 cafes with free wifi, the
city is very freelancer friendly.
follows closely behind Paris with an overall score of 53.8 out of 100. London
has a whopping 730,532 free wifi spots around the city and 703 cafes with free
wifi – the most out of all the cities analysed. There are 1,393 freelance jobs
available within 25 miles of the city with an average annual salary sitting at
£31,187.51. However, the London lifestyle comes at a price with the average
monthly rent amounting to 1,682.89 per month, making it the fourth most
expensive city to live in.
third place goes to the Spanish cities, Barcelona and Madrid who both achieved
an overall score of 46.8. Both cities have over 200 wifi accessible cafes and a
reasonable cost of living (£832.40 and £788.09).
offers freelancers the highest salary with the average currently sitting at
£67,232.02 per annum. The self-employed salary in Luxembourg is over double that
of freelancers in London (£31187.51) and over triple that of those in Barcelona
worst cities to be a freelancer
Luxembourg paying freelancers the most, it comes in last place overall with a
score of 9.7 out of 100. The average cost of rent in Luxembourg sits at £1650.46
per month, making it the 14th most expensive city to live in. There are as
little as 24 cafes with free wifi and only 12,072 free wifi spots around the
comes second from the bottom with an overall score of 11.1. The city has 34
cafes with free wifi and 27,583 free wifi spots across the city, over double
that of Luxembourg. Geneva is the 6th most expensive city to live in with the
average monthly rent costing £1,556.18. Despite the city not being very
freelancer friendly, the average salary for a freelancer is £57,484.96 over
£20,000 (£20,828.78) more than Paris’ average salary.
Polog, Head of Growth at AppJobs comments:
“Moving from your current job to freelancing can be a daunting experience, but choosing the right location can have a massive impact on making the transition easier. Being your own boss gives you a lot of flexibility and allows you to be able to work from anywhere- that’s why we have analysed which cities would be the best for those thinking of becoming a freelancer.
“It’s great to see that London comes in second place with the salary sitting just below average and the internet accessibility being very good – an important component of a space to work for any freelancer.
“Getting the right balance between job satisfaction and pay is really important, which is why freelancing can be a great option..”
Are you planning on making the change to freelance work in the next couple of years? Take a look at the index to see which cities would be best for you here.