Being your own boss is a dream for many. There are lots of benefits to being self-employed, such as flexible working hours, the ability to adapt and work around various personal or family needs, as well as the ability to choose who to work with, what work to do and what to charge.
But becoming self-employed is not without its challenges. It can be hard to know where to start so that you can make the transition from employed to self-employed. And of course, you are completely responsible for making your business a success. If you don't do the work, no one else will. This may mean working longer or unsociable hours to get the work done on time.
You'll also be responsible for paying your own taxes, organising your own health insurance and many other factors that are usually taken care of by an employer when you're an employee. You will also not receive employee benefits such as sick pay, paid holidays or pension contributions.
These considerations shouldn't deter you from pursuing your self-employment dream. Our practical guides will help you successfully transition to being self-employed. You'll gain useful insights on how to start a side business, where to find freelancing jobs, how to manage self-employed taxes and much more.