You may have been thinking about going it alone as a freelancer for some time. More people than ever are ditching the 9–5 and following their dreams into self-employment. In fact, there are more than two million freelancers in the UK, with 41% of all self-employed people identifying as freelancers. And, this number is only set to rise, as more and more of us are demanding flexibility within our working lives.
The freelance life offers freedom and flexibility to work around your family and life commitments, the ability to charge what you’re actually worth, and the benefit of working with more than one business at a time. But freelancing isn’t for everyone and there are many that follow the dream only to transition back to the comfort and safety of a guaranteed paycheque, within two years.
So, how do you know that your journey to freelancing will be a success? Here are the top three personality traits that you’ll already have if you’re to become a highly successful health and safety freelancer.
“Work for a few years like most people won’t, so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” – Unknown.
It almost goes without saying, but those who are willing to work hard will ultimately be more successful than those who don’t.
Freelancing isn’t easy. It isn’t about sitting around in your pyjamas all day waiting for the work to come in.
Freelancers have many other things to consider than the average employee. All of a sudden, there isn’t a marketing or a finance department to prop you up. You’ll have to go out and win your own work and deliver it. And, you’ll need to focus on your finances, marketing and administration, too. There is no 9–5 as a freelancer. In truth, you’ll probably work harder than you ever did as an employee.
However, if you’re the type of person who isn’t afraid of hard work and isn’t afraid to roll up your sleeves and dive right in, then the freedom of the freelance life awaits you.
Unless you have an excellent reputation in your niche with many clients referring business to you, it’s unlikely that new business will simply land in your lap. This is not to say that you need to be the world’s greatest salesperson to succeed in your new freelance life. In fact, far from it! The key to successful freelancing is persistence.
It’s common for new freelancers to tentatively pitch for new work and then, if they don’t get a response straight away, they’ll become despondent and give up. This is when your fledgling business will fail.
Sites such as SafetyFreelancer offer support, by bringing together client projects in one place. So, as a health and safety freelancer, using SafetyFreelancer as your go-to freelancing portal greatly increases your chance of securing new business.
Another key reason why new freelancers fail is because they fail to look after themselves. Making the adjustment from a standard employed role with the benefits of paid holidays, companionship and lunch breaks, is a far cry from the life you’ll experience as a freelancer.
It can be easy to forget to eat a good lunch or to give yourself regular breaks. Your days can become all-consuming and all of a sudden, you can look out of the window of your home office and realise that your car hasn’t moved all week.
Lack of exercise and isolation can lead to numerous and avoidable health concerns.
Looking after your physical and mental health is imperative to the success of your freelancing career.
In short, the life of a health and safety freelancer is exciting and fulfilling. You can work the hours you choose, fit your work around your life, earn more money than you ever have before, and build a future for yourself and your family. However, it also takes hard work, persistence and a great deal of effort to ensure you’re in top shape to run your new and successful business.