Snow is fall-ing, all a-round. Children play-ing, throwing snowballs-at-the-back-of-my-head!”

Yes it’s that time of year when the country grinds to a halt and the pesky kids run riot. But should it really be the case? Fortunately we’ve been lucky at Crunch as all our accountants and advisers have been able to make the journey to work (they’re a plucky bunch). I, however, was unable to join them, not due to a lack of fortitude but because I live up a mountain: or at least a very steep hill.

Nonetheless, I’ve been able to compensate by working from home, which is from where I type right now. And that got me thinking: the ability to work remotely really is pretty crucial in today’s world of melting ice caps and looming mud slides.

When the going gets tough; the tough stay at home and get their work done sitting by a roaring fire and holding a mug of hot cocoa in one hand.

Many of our customers are freelancers and contractors working in the online industry who are able to work remotely if required. It’s this ability to be flexible that is one of the great benefits of hiring freelance workers.

And it’s just one of many reasons why more and more people are becoming self-employed, to become a part of that much sought after workforce. The same workforce that recently received the full support of David Cameron:

“I can’t tell you how much admiration I have for people who leave the comfort of a regular wage to strike out on their own,” the PM confessed. “It takes a lot of courage –and without that courage this country would be a much poorer place.

He continued: “The 1.4 million freelancers in our country make a massive contribution to our economy. More and more people are choosing freelancing, recognising that it strikes the right balance between work and life in the 21st century, and as we go for economic growth this Government is getting right behind them.”

All-in-all, it sounds like a good time to be a freelancer!