IELTS Task 2 Essay: Written in Real Time

Something new for you today. In response to some of my subscribers’ efforts at essay writing, I decided to write an essay in real-time so you can see my thinking and how I would structure an essay task. I take the task and go through it, sentence by sentence, explaining as I go along…The full text of the essay is below..


Nowadays many people choose to be self-employed, rather than to work for a company or organisation.

Why might this be the case?
What could be the disadvantages of being self-employed?


These days, self-employment is the choice of many people. In my view, this is down to a desire to set their own working conditions. However, the main downside to this could be a lack of stable income.

Working for yourself means you decide when you want to work and for how much. This ability to set your own hours makes self-employment or freelancing particularly attractive to many people. For example, as an online teacher I can work whenever I feel like it and have no pressure from a school. In fact, this lack of restriction on pay rates allows me to charge what I like and I can even work in my pyjamas if I want to.

Despite this freedom, making a good living is not always guaranteed. To go back to my previous example, due to the competition for online English lessons, I might not always be able to maintain a full working weekly schedule. This means that some weeks may be better paid than others and it can be difficult to plan or save for the future. With this in mind, I have to say that in my field of expertise, being a freelancer may not be ideal for everyone.

As many people currently reject working for others, be it in a company or other kind of organisation, the number of self-employed is increasing. The reasoning behind this move may well be a longing for taking control of their individual working lives vis a vis, pay and conditions. Whatever the reasons may be, this move may have several disadvantages such as being unable to make financial decisions for the future due to income instability. In that case, possibly self employment may not be suitable for everyone.

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