“hnding in your resignation letter to your employer can be the most liberating feeling in the world – as long as you’ve carefully analysed whether freelancing is the right career move for you. Nobody wants to go crawling back to their boss, asking to be re-employed.
If you are thinking of joining the 4.7 million self-employed people in the U.K, ask yourself these questions before committing to the freelance lifestyle.
1. Am I doing this for the right reasons?
Going freelance isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. If you’re choosing to enter the world of self-employment because you hate your boss or you feel unhappy in your current work situation, stop and think about whether you’re going freelance for the right reasons.
There are many good reasons to consider freelancing, for example to be your own boss, to ditch the commute and spend more time with your family, or simply to have greater flexibility in your life. Honestly reflect on your true reasons for wanting to become a freelancer and make sure they’re valid.
2. Can I meet deadlines?
Freelancing is a time when your organisational muscles will be flexed. You’ll need to be able to actively manage and hit a range of deadlines for a variety of projects, alongside keeping a firm grip on your bookkeeping, and finding new work.
Consider carefully the amount of time you’ll be able to invest into your freelance career. Will you be able to meet deadlines and file copy or projects on time alongside all the other admin that freelancing takes? The last thing you’ll want to do is set off on a bad note with clients by not making their timeframes.
3. Can I find work?
Finding work when you’re a freelancer is imperative to your success. Without work there’s no steady income and without any steady income you’ll find yourself struggling financially. Think about whether you have the right mindset to actively find work. Are you self-motivated and disciplined? Do you find talking to other people a doddle? There’s a great range of freelance job websites available if you’re starting out. We also recommend attending networking events to grow your business and to meet prospective clients.”