It’s been over a year since we completed our extension project which included my home office and gym. I’ve since had numerous requests for additional information on my work set up and the information around the project so I figured an in-depth post was worthwhile.
Throughout my time as a freelancer (3+ years), I’ve had more than 110 enquiries send via my website. I have worked with a small fraction of those. Enquiries of all shapes and sizes tend to land in your inbox; primarily if you target your local area for business.
Reading Time: 6 minutesThere are many pros to being a freelancer; it truly is one of the best decisions I ever made. However, like with all good things, there is the odd downside, and with me, that has to be from time to time the feeling of isolation. I’ve always maintained that my home office will be my main office however when loneliness sets in I love to venture to a local co-working space to hang with fellow creatives.
Over the past three years since going self-employed, I have experienced such variation from day-to-day. It’s constantly a learning curve and I strive to improve with every month which passes.
The self-employed report is a new feature which documents the trials and tribulations from the month past. This will focus on the key strands of self-employment; freelancing, educational business and of course life and how I make sure I can be a good Dad/Husband.
For those looking to move into self-employment, I hope the reports are useful!
Freelancing can be a lonely game; particularly when the chips are down. A lull in workload, a drop in enquiries or losing a client can have you scrambling for the exit door back to full-time employment. It’s part and parcel of a career as an independent consultant.
According to statistics from August 2018, there are 2 million freelancers in the UK. This figure is only rising too. Naturally with this comes an increase in competition. Welcome to the famine cycle. On the flip side, more and more companies are utilising freelance consultants to improve their business. Here comes the medieval feast.
Moving to the Wakefield area as a freelancer I was keen to explore and discover the co-working spaces within the City. One of the drawbacks to freelancing is bouncing ideas off colleagues. It’s something I always miss; particularly when I’m working from home. Arriving in a new place; I was keen to meet new people. Like-minded digital workers to get that level of collaboration of sorts.