A lot of the things that you hear on the news recently, especially about the current economic situation, are negative. If you’ve just left school, college, or university, the chances of being able to find a job are slim, and the chance of being able to find the job of your dreams are even more remote. With more young people having to sign onto the benefit system than ever, it is important that you take the time to think about what other options are open for you.
Being self employed is a route that more and more people are choosing to go down, especially now that a lot of companies are only taking on the minimum numbers of staff that they could cope with. A lot of professions can be approached from a self employed basis, from things like authors, writers, decorators, plumbers and private tutors.
If you know that you have a skill, then it makes a lot of sense to make the most of that skill. For example, if you are a keen musician, then you may wish to start advertising your services as a teacher to children. To start with, you will probably find that you can find more than enough business on your social networking websites. Don’t worry if you have to work solely with family and friends for a while; there is bound to be enough interest to get you at least a little experience in the field. Hopefully, if you are good at what you are advertising, word of mouth will allow people to find out about you.
The internet is a very powerful tool, and there is a chance for you to advertise the things that you are offering. Websites such as www.freelancer.com or www.odesk.com are just two of the websites that allow freelancers and clients to get in touch and discuss potential business partnerships. Taking a look at those websites will give you chance to see what other people are offering, and how much they are charging. It is good to make your prices very competitive at the beginning, as this is a great way to make sure that you get some valuable experience and testimonials from those who you complete work for.
It is important that you sort out your finances when you’re self employed. You will have to declare your earnings at the end of each tax year, so it is vital that you keep invoices and receipts for every bit of work that you carry out. You may be penalised if you don’t do this properly, so it is well worth taking the time to get into the habit of being exact with your numbers.
Ultimately, there are many benefits of being self employed. The first is that you have a lot of control over your own work. You only ever need take work that you want to complete, and you never need to work for an amount that you’re not happy with. In addition to this, you are able to choose your own working hours and days, so you can fit it around almost any type of lifestyle.
Being self employed is a bit of a leap of faith, as you never know how successful you’re going to be, but providing you take the time to work hard at it, and do a little research about others in your field, then you should find that you’re able to make the most of your opportunities, make some money, and have plenty of fun along the way.