Workers increasingly struggle to combine work and other responsibilities. Self-employment might be a strategy to achieve greater autonomy and work-life balance in comparison to wage employment. However, autonomy does not always offset the responsibilities and uncertainties that come with self-employment.

This PhD dissertation shows that different types of self-employed have different work-life balance experiences. It explains how these experiences are influenced by work and business characteristics and how they are shaped by the policy, economic and cultural context.

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A.J. Steijn (Bram) , L. den Dulk (Laura)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The research presented in this book has been funded by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (grant number 14010002.006).

Annink, S.M. (2017, March 17). Busyness around the Business : a cross-national comparative research of the work-life balance of self-employed workers. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from