There are a zillion good reasons to set up shop as a consultant or freelancer. Let’s start with four of them.
1. Earn money.
Well, duh. Everyone works to make money, right? But this is more of a driver for some than others. Some are content to pursue a hobby or “passion” -and they would not mind earning a few bucks for their troubles. It is a core value, but so is going for the gold. . . or at least silver.
If this is your main goal, recognize that freelancing and consulting tend to pay considerably more per hour than corporate employment. Take low-paying projects at the beginning may be quite acceptable as you get your feet wet, create a collection, collecting references and stories, learn from your peers and clients, and simply build up the courage to ask for more money. However, over time you will want to find and follow the service industry and customers that pay well.
But note the financial downside to freelancing and consulting. While running, successful marketing and customer satisfaction will help to create a more reliable income, self-employment is rarely as consistent corporate paycheck. (On the other hand, a full-time employer can tell you without reservation and you have all your eggs in one basket broken.)
2. Create professional immediately.
By dinner tonight, can you honestly say you’re at work. Start your article marketing program or phone a contact or two and you’re in business!
This does not mean that you will have all customers by 5 pm Nor you have any income … yet. Still, marketing is closer to consultants / freelancing. There is real work for better (yes, you have a job!) Or worse (it takes effort that may not pay off immediately!).
3. Create a continuous work history and eliminate periods of unemployment.
If you continue to seek corporate job, you need a traditional resume. And a resume is reviewed with suspicion if it is not clear uninterrupted work history.
Generate your own solo professional training fills in the current employment gap to show career continuity. Instead of listing various temp project, freelance gigs, part-time and volunteer activities as separate jobs, giving them a single heading. Then Bullet your achievements below.
4. Explore and expand career interests
It is amazing but true: .. People will pay you to do things as an independent that they would never find you qualified to do as an employee of
This, sadly, is counterintuitive. The big companies have managers, supervisors and colleagues, together scads of meetings and extensive review chains, train and supervise employees. Whenever you have a question, there is someone nearby to ask. You also have access to professional subscriptions, seminars, expensive equipment and lots of other things paid for by someone else.
Corporate job postings tend to be very rigid and demanding, requesting individuals with five years of experience doing exactly the same job and position to be filled.
On the other hand, the prospects you phone will make an independent / consulting opportunities substantially different from anything you have ever done in the past. You will be presented with tasks that your skills are moderate, even questionable. You will offer your services to design your old bobs, and they ask if you can design thingamajigs. Even if you are honest and say, “Thingamabob design is more my strength, but I’d be willing to work under the guidance of Thingamajig,” they may well give you a chance.
Or you can identify in advance the areas in which you would like to enlarge. I’ve tried spin-off specialties by detailing how my education in one area relating to new target my task.
Guess the most important characteristics of corporate employers fear commitment. They would rather allow freelancers and consultants to try new specialties than hire full-timers for the same type of career switch. It may be because even though the temp assignment may last for months, it will not last forever. Their decision is not irreversible. As if they are not willing to dump loyal employees in a heartbeat.