Have you always dreamed of setting up on your own? You’re not alone. There are more and more people nowadays starting to work for themselves, with the recession having a large impact upon this increase in self-employed workers.
These workers have changed the labour market in recent years and have altered the country’s economy. If you have been thinking of joining them for a while, now might be the perfect time to take the plunge and leave the daily grind behind.
Here are the reasons why taking the leap could work for you.
Work from Home
The commute to the office can be a stressful thing. If you’re on public transport, you’re at the mercy of timetables and other commuters squeezing into packed buses and onto trains. If you drive, you have to navigate traffic jams and roadworks. Whatever your mode of transport, by the time you reach the office, it can often feel like you’ve done a day’s work before you’ve even turned your computer on.
You experience none of this if you are working from your bed. You can pop your laptop on, you don’t have to face other people making their way to work, and – better still – you don’t have to get dressed if you don’t want to.
Own Your Hours
You set your own work time, so you can work flexibly. If you’re an early riser, you can have everything done by lunchtime. Night owl? No worries! You can power through to the early hours and still have the rest of the day to sleep and take the kids to school. Whatever industry or sector you work in, whether you’re an accountant or a taxi driver, you have the opportunity to work at times that suit you and your family.
There is potential to earn more money when you work for yourself. Depending on what you do for a living, contracting can see some commanding day rates that run into the hundreds.
To do this, it might involve some graft at the beginning to build your client and customer base, but once you have built a reputation, you can ask for the money you think you’re worth and you’re more likely to get it.
As you aren’t commuting, you will be saving money reserved for petrol. Similarly, your daily outings to the local sandwich shop for lunch won’t be happening.
Another way you could be saving money is on childcare. Being your own boss means you can look after the kids some days and work around those hours.
Are you going to take the plunge and become your own boss? What are you most looking forward to about working for yourself?