Freelance Friday – Taking the plunge to go self employed
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!