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Learning how to free yourself workshop @The Allbright collective

If you’ve been following my escape the 9-5 blogs and articles you’ll know that I’m on a  mission to share my insights and experience with other people seeking to find their happiness and freedom.

I’ve been delivering talks on this and I’m excited that I’ll be speaking at the Allbright (a networking and events collective for women)on Wednesday 18 July on how to free yourself.

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My talk will be based around my new book ‘How To Become A Consultant: A Guide To Free Yourself From the 9-5’ which is a no-nonsense guide that gives practical advice on how to set yourself up as consultant and establish a work routine that fits in with your ideals and lifestyle.

I’m truly passionate about sharing with those who feel trapped in their job, just like I did and sharing ways to help solve this problem. With that said, I have now set up my YouTube channel ‘9 to 5 work rebels’, with the aim of motivating and exploring ways to free yourself from the 9-5 grind and bring balance back into your life.

This event is for members of the Allbright collective only, but if you’re interested in booking me for your event – do get in touch and please do subscribe and like my new channel. 🙂

 

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10 Ways To Escape The Rat Race

Escaping the rat race is a desire for many, research published last month revealed that more than half of all UK employees are unhappy in the work place. Many can relate to being unhappy in their job, the realities of spending more time at work then we do with our loved ones, and with the UK retirement age set to increase in the coming years, it doesn’t exactly incite excitement in the average person.

So, how happy are those that have escaped the 9-5? A study last month of 5,000 workers concluded that self-employed people are more successful in their careers and felt happier in their job. Statistics show that self-employment is on the rise, if you are thinking about a way to exit the workplace here are 10 routes to explore: Mind matters

Work on your mind-set, if you’re serious about escaping the 9-5 tied to your desk culture, it’s vital to take time to work on your confidence and resilience. Working for yourself is empowering and rewarding but also challenging, you have to keep yourself motivated throughout it all. Positive can-do attitude alongside action is imperative.

You can read the rest of my article here. https://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/how-to-become-a-consultant-ebony-gayle-1139602.html

 

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Consulting: How To Set Your Fees And Working Contracts

Working for yourself and being your own boss maybe your ultimate end goal. Working on a variety of projects with a spectrum of clients can be empowering and gratifying.

As a consultant you are in charge, you have to register as self-employed, set up the consultancy, find your clients, put contracts in places and manage your workload. Not to mention, ensure you are delivering a top-notch service, whilst cultivating new leads and managing your finances.

But when it comes to finances, many don’t know where to start, not only do you need to file your taxes but also set your fees. Yes, there’s lots to do but taking a bite size approach to it all, is key.

Setting your Fees

For some reason when it comes to discussing money with clients, whilst we all want and expect to be paid well, nobody seems to want to talk about it. There is a reluctance to tackle this head on, we end up feeling awkward about asking to be paid for our services. Rather than being a taboo subject, it should be something we talk about more openly.

Setting your fees can be tricky, many questions spring to mind, such as, how much do you charge and how do you work it out? Do you take your current salary and multiply it? Do you charge an hourly or daily fee? Should you set a retainer fee? If you set your fee too low, you are doing yourself a disservice, and if you set it to high you may find yourself struggling to get any work at all.

There’s lots of advice out there about setting your fees, for example The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), has suggested taking the equivalent earnings you would have received as an employee and adding a third. This approach may work for you but if you’re like me, you’ll want to look at all the advice before making a decision.

So here are some tips on setting your fees:

Do your research, check out the competition and ask fellow consultants what they charge.

To help benchmark your fees check Major Players a recruitment agency that regularly run salary surveys,  as well as Londonfreelance.org, which suggests freelance rates and advice for various roles.

If you plan to consult via a recruitment agency, they will have set day rates, depending on your experience and the industry which you can adopt for private work.

Take into consideration your skills set and charge accordingly. However, be prepared to be flexible and negotiate but don’t sell yourself short.

You can read the rest of my article over on minutehacks.com  

Why consultancy might be perfect for you

Working for yourself and being your own boss can be extremely empowering and fulfilling.  However, for some, it can be the total opposite – a completely daunting experience.

Not everyone wants to be a boss or run their own company and that is perfectly fine. The thought of having to manage people, be responsible for a company, operations, service delivery, human resources, finances etc. is no easy task and not for the faint-hearted.

On the flip side, working in a 9-5 (more like 9-6 these days) can also be a living night day-mare for many, it can be rigid, time-consuming and if you’re not happy doing it, a disappointing and miserable day-to-day encounter.

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Middle-ground

That’s why, consulting, in my opinion, offers the perfect middle ground.  You are essentially working for yourself and registered as self-employed. You can choose to set up as a sole trader or a Limited Company you’ll still have the responsibility of managing some business tasks but on a much smaller scale. You can always elect to outsource business processes such as accounting and hire a virtual assistant.

Working as a consultant in the field you specialise in, means you can choose when and where you work. You can opt to work independently, in collaboration with others or decide to scale up and delegate to your own team of consultants. The decision is entirely up to you. It really comes down to how much responsibility you want to take on.

You can read the res of my article published via Precious online magazine.