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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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Expert advice: Tips on how to be a successful consultant

I recently wrote a feature for New Business magazine – grab a copy and check it out.

Being a consultant offers you the chance to work for yourself while passing on the benefits of your experience to others. Ebony Gayle author of ‘How to Become a Consultant’, offers some tips on how to make a success of it.

 

In life we have good and bad days but no matter what, you must not give up on yourself, keep on moving and pushing forward. ~Ebony Gayle

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  

9 to 5 work rebels on Youtube channel

So I’ve decided to finally join and upload videos on to youtube. I always advise clients to provide content in a variety of ways, as we all like to consume content differently. Some prefer to read, others like to see, or hear. So I’m taking my own advice so I can share my thoughts and tips for freeing yourself from the 9-5 as well as touching on other topics.

Subscribe and share – the title of my new channel is  9to5workrebels – if you have any questions or subjects you’d like me to cover let me know.