At some point in our lives we will all hopefully be on the right career path for us.
Some change slightly as we go through life, others change it completely from what they set out to do but it is all down to what is right for you.
However there is now so many people that are going it alone, either through a start up business or as a freelance in something they own.
So how do you know what is right for you?
Everyone is different, our needs and desire are different.
For me personally I want to be close to home and flexible for the kids more than the career ladder and the pay. That’s not to say it suits everyone but since having our children it has become my preference. My long term goal though would be for me to be my own boss, being able to be there when I am needed without the added pressure of a job that needs doing on top.
If you are like me then working for yourself could be the answer. It mean’s you are able to chose your hours, work for the pay you believe is right and gives you the chance to get the right work/life balance.
Where to start?
Starting up a business or going self employed can be a daunting step but it doesn’t need to be.
Here are my tips on making that step into self employment:
- Make a plan – There is no point in saying to yourself you are going to work for yourself when you have no plan in how you are going to do it. Sit down and have a good think about what you have to offer. It may be a skill you already have or something you want to retrain into. Either way get it all on paper.
- Learn the market – Once you have your business idea, scope out the market. See what competition there is, what they offer, prices etc. You want to make sure you stand out from the crowd for the right reasons.
- Take advice – You don’t have to do this on your own. There is lots of advice out there such as help with start ups from Trevor McClintock to financial advice. Do a little bit of research into which companies to use and then use their expertise to start of in the right direction.
Although it can be a daunting first step to working for yourself the rewards outweigh this so much.
What is your career goals?
This post is in collaboration with Trevor McClintock however all thoughts are my own.