120,000 people each year in the UK are choosing to jack in permanent employment for freelancing - the ultimate in worklife liberation. Freelancers are now in-demand, on-demand and growing more important to the UK by the day.
So, if you're one of the thousands of people getting ready to dive into freelancing or contracting, here are a few tips to make sure you get the most from it...
1. Love what you do
Obvious really isn't it? But if you’re not passionate about what you do, it’s going to be hard work becoming the best at it. You don't have to love it - but if you like what you do - Monday morning will take on a whole new meaning. Now imagine that...
2. Embrace the community
Meet with like-minded people, online and in person. Share your ideas, contribute to discussions and join in. With tonnes of online contracting and freelancing communities and organised events, get involved and get stuck in. The opportunities that will come your way will blow you away.
3. Plan ahead
Yep, the boring bit. But it's pretty important nonetheless. Get planning and set achievable targets to stay focussed. Whatever they may be, write your targets down and when you’ve reached them, reward yourself with an evening out, a holiday or a shopping spree. Surely you don't need suggestions though...
It doesn’t matter if you’re a one-man-band or a global organisation, without a strategy and a little sense of direction, freelancing can be tricky path to navigate.
4. Find your WorkLife balance
Sure, at the beginning it might be difficult to switch off. But once you’re up and running with a few contracts under your belt, take a step back. When you can, pencil in a few days rest, book a holiday and try and switch off. It might sound like the ultimate luxury, but knowing when to work and when not to will do you the world of good - both in business and in your personal life.
5. Manage your money, obviously
Even though freelaners have never been more in-demand, at the start of your freelance journey and to keep yourself going in-between contracts, be sensible with your money - just as any startup would. That said, when you’re in contract, on average you’ll find yourself earning more than you would as a permanent employee, so with a bit of luck there shouldn't be much looking back.
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