freelance

[caption id="attachment_18510" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Flexible working is a growing trend"] [/caption] With an estimated 14%* of employees now working from home, the world of work is changing. Whether you're in full or part-time employment, are self-employed or work as a freelancer, chances are you spend at least a part of your week working from home. In honour of Work From Home week, I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the advantages and the challenges of working from home. Advantages The reason for the growing trend in flexible and home working are the many advantages that come with these new ways of working. Some of these advantages include: increased well-being improved staff retention reduced absenteeism improved levels of motivation and enthusiasm eliminated or reduced need for travel reduced operating costs   The advantages for employers is clear, allowing staff the freedom of flexible working including working from home makes for happier employees. Working from home is common for freelancers and...

[caption id="attachment_18555" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Going it alone"] [/caption] People consider self-employment for a variety of reasons. For some it may be the lure of freedom, the potential to earn more money or a way to do more of what they love. Others might consider self-employment in the face of redundancy or due a lack of employment opportunities. If you are considering self-employment as an alternative to traditional employment, there are a number of questions to ask yourself: Am I suited to self-employment? Do I have a viable business idea? Do I have the necessary skills? Do I have the finances to get the business going? Do I understand what’s involved? Do I have a business plan?   Although you don’t need to have all of the following skills and attributes to be successful in self-employment, your chances of success are likely to be greater if you: Have a vision Are passionate about your business idea Enjoy challenges Are comfortable taking risks Are self-motivated Are confident and...