New year. New you. But this time, you mean it.
Having stuck at your full-time job for years, you’re finally in a place to commit to the freelance dream. No more unpaid overtime. No more annual leave requests. Except you’re scared, nervous and unsure if you’re ready to make the leap.
Fear not. In this blog we’ll outline why going freelance in 2020 makes total sense – helping you free up the headspace needed to focus on your goals, objectives and dreams for the year ahead.
It’s easier than you think
We hear you. Nobody likes change. But what if it leads to more money, more freedom and more happiness – that’s got to be a win, right?
Although people often see the move from full-time employee to fully-fledged freelancer as something complex, the reality is that making the leap is super easy. So long as you have a decent list of contacts built-up and a financial buffer to tie you over the first few months, you’ll be surprised at how far you can go with a little momentum.
Sure they’ll be bits that scare you along the way – registering as a sole trader, managing your accounts etc. – but that’s all part of the journey. And if you do get stuck, the good news is that there’s tons of helpful resources out there to help you out.
Your mind matters
In 2018 it was reported that stress and mental health issues accounted for over half of all UK work absences. In total 15.4 million working days were lost in 2017/18 – with ‘workplace stress’ cited as the main culprit behind the alarming statistics.
It’s no surprise then that the ‘Mindful Revolution’ – a term coined by Time Magazine, no less – was welcomed by millions of British workers. With record numbers of people investing in self-help books, yoga classes and apps, 2019 became a bumper-year for mental health advocates across the UK.
This was definitely the case here at Use.Space HQ as we hosted our ‘Mind Over Grind’ event – our first ever event focussing on mental health in the workplace, hosted by the super-inspiring Vikas Shah.
Maintaining momentum in 2020, the UK economy expects record numbers to ditch traditional, stress-inducing employment in favour of more relaxed roles within the ‘gig economy’. Meaning if you’re thinking of making the move in the next few weeks, you’ll be in good company.
For most people, unemployment statistics, GDP forecasts and international monetary rates may not be the most glamourous of subjects. But for would-be freelancers, they certainly make for good reading.
Despite fears over Brexit and December’s general election stunting growth in the final quarter, the UK economy held its own throughout 2019. Next year, forecasts are suggesting much of the same, with steady growth expected across several key industries.
This is good news for self-employed freelancers. Not only does economic growth improve the likelihood and availability of regular work, high employment rates ensure that day rates remain competitive.
Marketing made easy
Where marketing was once seen as a dark art reserved for the mad men of Maddison Avenue, today it is seen as one of the most accessible industries – with digital platforms such as Google, Facebook and Instagram making it easier than ever for freelancers to market themselves.
LinkedIn is another awesome platform for freelancers to spread word of their talents too. Allowing users to extend their professional network and pitch to clients at the click of a button, it’s hardly surprising that so many self-employed workers use it as their preferred platform for self-promotion.
For those with a modest marketing budget, Google’s Digital Garage tells you everything you need to know about PPC – allowing even the most inexperienced among us to get ahead online.
Your freelance career starts here
If you’re committed to your career as a freelancer, our co-working space in the heart of Manchester provides the perfect place to set up shop.
With a community of likeminded creatives on hand to offer support and mentors providing professional guidance whenever you need it, you’ll find everything you need and more here at Use Space. In a hurry? For those of you looking to grab a desk sooner rather than later, we’re offering 20% off all hot desks and a free SEO deep dive for all residents that sign up before January 31. Click here to find out more.