OUR GOLDEN RULES
Currently, there are 4.4 million solo self-employed people in the UK – constituting a 34 per cent increase since 2008! Read more: #selfemployed #IPSEresearch https://t.co/ZwScDZJjB9 pic.twitter.com/MydkfYdoCc
— IPSE (@teamIPSE) July 10, 2018
1. Choose to work in a sector or discipline you really enjoyWorking for yourself is about escaping the drudgery of your current occupation and fulfilling your dreams of accelerating your career in a particular sector or creating more time to spend with your family and friends. This is your chance to transform your life so make sure you will enjoy what you’re planning on doing – otherwise, what’s the point?
In two weeks time I become self employed as I go full time with my new business @planetaproject. Today I’m getting involved in the #ThinkSelfEmployed campaign by @fsb_policy, and I’ll be launching my first Youtube vlog later today! #femaleboss pic.twitter.com/K5BuaakkIW— Claire Daniels (@_clairedaniels_) July 2, 2018
2. Have clear goals about what you want to achieveDo you dream of rapidly growing your business and taking on a small army of staff? Do you want to tackle roles that will enhance your career or do you want to work less hours but fund other activities? Have a clear objective from the beginning and make sure every opportunity you take helps you towards your goals – don’t be tempted to stray from the path.
3. Be realistic in your expectationsYou won’t wake up tomorrow with a million pound offer in your mailbox. Getting your business off the ground will take time and you may not fulfil your earning potential from the very beginning. It’s important you give yourself time to grow the business and set realistic goals as you work to build your network and secure a range of opportunities.
I have been self-employed as a retail jeweller since 2009 after redundancy from an engineering career. Retail is tough right now but being self-employed means my future is in my own hands & working hard gives me job security. Andy #ThinkSelfEmployed @fsb_policy @FSBNorthYorks pic.twitter.com/fciu5sP6dJ— Libby Butler Jewellers (@LibbyButlers) July 2, 2018
4. Develop a support network around youThe old adage says that “it’s lonely at the top” and self-employment can be difficult with no-one to turn to – especially if you are moving from working with a large team or in a large corporate environment. It’s important to keep a network of people around you who can discuss work and share ideas and experiences. Make use of industry bodies or local networking groups.
5. Be disciplined with your timeRemember you started on the path of self-employment to manage your own time. Be strict about working hours and don’t be tempted to crowbar extra hours into the day. Similarly, make sure you work the hours you need to and don’t be tempted by daytime television!
Being self employed means I have the best boss ever! ?He totally ‘gets me’ AND let’s me choose when to take time off. Porch Kidney Beach in #Cornwall is the perfect place to recharge. As an FSB member it’s good to know they have my back. #selfemployedselfie #thinkselfemployed pic.twitter.com/wDTGQb5ldx— Dave Sharpe (@SharpeByName) July 2, 2018