There are few things worse than being stuck in a job that you hate, where you feel unappreciated. As soon as you hit that wall, suddenly your desk chair starts to feel more uncomfortable, the coffee tastes worse and you can’t help clock-watching, but there is another option if you can get your timing right!
Becoming a contractor or going self employed is ALL about timing and while you might be ready to make the leap right now and leave your workplace in a blaze of glory and home truths, that might not be the way to get ahead in your new career. Instead, think on these questions and make sure that you’re taking the plunge at the right moment!
Are your skills truly up to scratch? – Take a good, hard look at yourself, your skills matrix and your portfolio of work as it stands. Do you have all the relevant and up to date skills necessary to continue your role, but under your own steam? If the answer is no and that you could certainly benefit from more training, take the time to complete it before you set out into the world of self-employment. Clients will also be far more impressed by someone who has sought to better themselves than those that have out of date skills that are non-transferable.
Have you got potential clients lined up? – If you have been secretly beavering away to gain a following for your potential new venture, now is the time to ascertain who is seriously interested in taking you on. We suggest that you have a minimum of two confirmed clients before you leave permanent employment, as this will give you a good safety net and not leave you with a lot of downtime, which is when doubt and regret can creep in! Stay busy!
What obligations do you have to fulfill in your current role? – If you have any projects that you are duty-bound to complete before you leave a role, or a long notice period to see out, make sure you actually do. While this might be a testing time and even an uncomfortable one (nobody likes great team members leaving), if you made a commitment to a company, you should see it through. Think of it as practice for if you have a tricky client to deal with in the future!
Having your ducks in a row is vital before leaving full-time, permanent work, so make sure you have a plan of action and a timetable laid out!