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Freelance Friday – Taking the plunge to go self employed


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For those of you who don’t know, I finished my job at the end of March so I could go freelance and enter the world of working for myself. This isn’t something I’ve taken on lightly, it’s taken Jamie the better part of 4 years to convince me that I should work for myself. The more crappy days I had at work, the more I started to think about it seriously. My ‘career’ over the years has been varied to say the least! I’ve worked in all three sectors, private, public, and voluntary and they all have their plus and minus points. The one theme they all have in common is that I’m working for someone else or ‘the man’ as it’s often referred to. Although in my 25 years of working I’ve never figured who the man actually is.

When I finally had my mind-set that I would work for myself, I had to ask myself what skills I had that were sellable. A few people suggested I make bath & body products which I suppose would make sense but I have no desire to be crafty. I do like to make homemade stuff on occasion but I could never see myself doing it as a business. Besides the market is full of passionate people making a living this way and I’d rather buy it from them. It took me a while think about it but then I read that you should come up with your ideal job scenario and work towards that.

I spend a lot of time on-line so it would have to web-based and I hate paper anyway. I also don’t like being micro managed, just give me the tasks and let me get on with it. I’m a very independent worker, and even though I know I work well with others I’m happiest and most productive when I’m on my own. I also want to keep my own hours, first thing in the morning my brain is the most productive even though I’m not a morning person. Come the afternoon I want a nap but then from 6pm onwards I can get down to business again.

So taking all these things into consideration I came up being a Virtual Admin Assistant or PA. Now being a Virtual PA covers a broad spectrum of tasks and I’m still trying to figure out which ones I’m good enough at to sell onto others. I’ve already got a freelance contract till the end of September doing similar work that I did before for another organisation. It’s web-based, I get to do my own hours and no one bothers me so it’s the ideal situation. I do have attend meetings on occasion and liaise with others but it’s few and far between. It’s part-time hours so I can still look for other work to fill the gaps but there is no rush at the moment, I’m still trying to get myself into a schedule. When you don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time all of sudden you have to be very disciplined otherwise you’ll waste all day on Twitter, eat 10,000 more calories than you need and end up watching random crap on BBC iPlayer.

Next time I’ll be talking about money and budgeting!


  • Jude
    Apr 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm Reply

    Ooh well done you. I have thought about doing something along the self-employed line since being made redundant last year. Like you, I would ideally like to work from home and choose my own hours. I never realised there was such a thing as a virtual assistant. Can’t wait to hear your next installment on this. Good luck :) Jude xx @jadlgw

    1. Apr 16, 2013 at 10:04 am Reply

      Thanks Jude, it took me ages to get my head round working for myself and it still feels strange. Glad you enjoyed the post! xoxo

  • Unevenlemming
    Apr 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm Reply

    I feel the same I hate being micromanaged, If I need help I’ll grab you! Good luck with the plunge, I’ve yet to take the leap of faith x

    1. Apr 16, 2013 at 10:05 am Reply

      Leap of faith indeed!!! You need faith in yourself that you have something that other people want to pay you for. After being in paid work all my life I’m not surprised it’s taken Jamie so long to convince me.

      Do give me a shout if you need help with anything! xoxo

  • gio
    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Well done and good luck! I wish you all the best in your new career. Can’t wait for your next post on budgeting. :)

    1. Apr 16, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply

      Thanks Gio – It all feels really strange like I’m still on holiday…. :D

  • Kizzy
    Apr 15, 2013 at 7:59 am Reply

    Wow, how cool! I’ve been thinking about doing this myself to make some extra money while I’m at home with the baby. Tell me more!

    1. Apr 16, 2013 at 10:10 am Reply

      Well I’ve only just started and used previous contacts from my last job to get the work I have now. Ask around to see if there are any opportunities from your previous work place to do some work, or consulting. You never know where it could lead! :D

  • Jamie
    Apr 18, 2013 at 12:05 am Reply

    Web-based businesses can be the best if you have the control to avoid the temptations of the shinny objects. The hardest part is keeping your own schedule with no one to push you, but the freedom is well worth it.

    1. Apr 18, 2013 at 7:22 am Reply

      You sound like a man who speaks from experience! Yes I’m very much enjoying my freedom :D

  • red hot dance instructor
    Apr 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm Reply

    That’s a nice post.

    1. Apr 22, 2013 at 9:30 am Reply

      Why thank you Red Hot Dance instructor! :D

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