The number of people over 50 running their own businesses has surged since the onset of the pandemic, according to a new analysis. of the total. Over 150,000 have launched freelance enterprises since 2020, says the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE). Altogether they now number more than one million, “despite an overall decline” in self employment over the same period. The Association’ s director of policy, Andy Chamberlain, says: “Many harbour dreams of starting their own business, whether it’s to pursue a lifelong dream, increase their income or find a better work-life balance. But the over 50s, now in the prime of their careers and with decades of experience under their belt, likely have even more confidence in their ability to make a success of it.”