Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 


Some people just don't fit in.

When it comes to corporate environments, that is.

They go freelance very quickly, they stay freelance and they wouldn't ever be tied to a desk in an office ever again.

Are they, though, the majority of freelancers? Or is there some other reason that moves people to not commit themselves to office life?

It seems there might be.

Toptal, which claims to be "the world's leading network of elite freelance software engineers and designers," thought it would find out what makes freelancers freelancers. Or, at least, elite freelancers.

So it talked to 2,000 of them in 165 countries and asked.

They seem quite polite at Toptal.

What they discovered is that most freelancers are Gen Xers and millennials.

What they also discovered is that 95 percent of them believe they're more productive away from an office. 

You might expect that.

What you might not expect is that 31 percent of them say they went freelance and stay freelance solely to spend more time with their kids.

50 percent of them actually interact with their kids while they're working at home.

66 percent of them believe their kids are better off because their parents work from home.

It's a cliché that parents believe they work for their kids.

In the case of these freelancers, however, they believe working for your kids doesn't just mean making sure you earn enough money.

It means giving yourself more time to be with them and spend more time with them, even if it's still not an ideal situation.

It's not that these parents think social interaction is a heinous concept. 77 percent of them encourage their kids to make friends at school.

It's quite remarkable for nerdy parents to want their kids to be social.

It's remarkable, too, that so many don't cite personal freedom as their main motivation to freelance, but rather dedicate the decision to their children.

These freelancers said they take long breaks. 41 percent said they stuck to normal office hours. (But look, no commute. That's two hours saved.)

You'll be wondering how many secretly hanker after the office, the water cooler, the endlessly fascinating meetings, the fascinatingly endless meetings and the gossip.

7 percent. Yes, just 7 percent.

Would something, though, tempt them back to work? Here's where 46 percent gave their self-centeredness an airing. They said that they'd go back for their dream job.

It's unclear where this would mean replacing Larry Page at Google.

I feel sure, though, that it may not include replacing Marissa Mayer at Yahoo.