The population of freelancers are increasing throughout the world. People are saying no to highly paid and secure jobs and going out on their own to become independent consultants. Women with children are becoming a larger portion of this group everyday.
According to the Association of Independent Professionals and the self-employed, there are approximately 1.6 million freelances in the UK and one in seven of these is a working mother.
Becoming a freelance consultant is relatively easy. The start-up costs are low and there are no defined qualification requirements. For many women the appealing factor to freelance work is the feeling of ‘being in control.’ It’s the perfect way to maintain a professional identify while balancing the needs and requirements of a young family.
The flexibility that comes with working as a freelance consultant can be the difference between spending your money on childcare costs and affording a luxury holiday. Work can be done either from home or have negotiated hours. As a self-employed consultant many mothers feel they can earn more in less time.
Technology is a massive helping hand to this sudden freelance surge. With software such as Skype and Webex it has never been easier to establish and run your own company.
With all of this being said, being a independent worker isn’t plain sailing. Even when you can choose your hours, family and work life can often become very blurred. You may spend majority of your working day alone and even begin to miss the rules and regulations of the work environment that once gave your day structure. Unless you are willing to fund one, there is no admin assistant to total your hours or finance departments to invoice and chase clients.