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10 tips for happy self-employment: part 3

Here is part 3 – tips for self-employment based on our fourteen years of self-employment.

1. Have a distinctive niche/personal brand
2. Make time for sales
3. Structure your diary
4. Believe in yourself
5. Be flexible – have a plan A, B and C
6. Plan ahead but be present
7. Take your ‘work head’ off at the end of each day
8. Make time for holidays
9. Plan tasks to match your energy
10. Have a financial cushion

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10 tips for happy self-employment: part 2

Here is the second of three parts with tips for happy self-employment. We have been self-employed for over 14 years, and were employed for ten years before that, so can see work from both sides:

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Are you completely unemployable?

I am completely unemployable. I have been self employed for over 14 years. When I left employment, the only thing I missed was the IT helpline, my company car and the salary. I still remember the excitement of getting my first invoice paid! My Mum designed my first logo, my office was my bedroom and I didn’t have any business cards for the first 2 years, just a freelance-focused CV.

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Pondering Becoming Self-employed Part 2

Here is part 2 – more top tips to help you from members of The Chartered Institute of Marketing. (CIM)

“I would focus on the vision and proposition of your business first and then optimize your network, and use your contacts to get referrals/introductions, generate word of mouth and help create awareness and interest in your business. You should never underestimate the power of networking as a marketing tool.”

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Pondering Becoming Self-employed?

Just before Christmas, I gave a talk to a group of people who are part of the government’s Enterprise initiative about ‘becoming self employed.’

It reminded me that the only thing I missed about employment apart from the regular salary 14 years ago was having an IT helpline to mop up my IT incompetence.

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