Guest Post from Ebony Gayle, author of ‘How To Become A Consultant; A Guide To Free Yourself From The 9-5’
Are you looking for a change in your work life? Do you feel like work is depriving you of your happiness? Are you fed up of the 9-5 grind? Do you feel like you are ready to make the next move in your career but not sure what to do? Or maybe you feel like your career is stagnating and you’re at an intersection of indecision.
Working in a 9-5 (usually longer) can start off nicely, but soon morph into a living nightmare. It can be restrictive, time consuming and if you don’t like your job, an extremely unsatisfactory and depressing daily experience. At one point in my career, I felt trapped and depressed, plodding along in my 9-5 job until I decided to step-up and make a change. I wanted to have control over my life and how I spent
my time, so I decided to set up my own consultancy. If you like the sound of being your own boss, deciding when and where you work, you should seriously consider becoming a consultant. It’s a great way to free yourself from the 9-5 drudgery, by using the skills you already have.
Working as a consultant in the field you already specialise in, means, you can choose to work independently or with others. You can remain an independent, or decide to scale up, hire staff and delegate. You can choose to work from anywhere in world. The decision is entirely yours to make and boils down to how much responsibility you want to take on and how it will impact your work-life balance. I know lots of consultants that split their time between living in the UK and abroad
because being a consultant allows them the freedom to do so.
Consulting allows you to work with various clients in a way that suits your lifestyle and as a result, means you can spend more time on your other interests and passions. As a parent, consulting can be extremely liberating, you are able to work around your children’s school holidays and factor in quality family time.
If you want to, you can decide that you don’t work Mondays. You don’t have to work every day as long as you set things up correctly. Sometimes you’ll find you are working long days, others will be short and sweet, but the key here is that it’s on your terms. You are responsible for managing your workload and the time spent on projects, so long as you get the job done, you can choose the hours that suit you.
You can forward plan, so you have time to spend with your loved ones and you are not at the whim of a manager’s decision on whether you get your annual leave signed off. You are not restricted in your potential earnings either – your earning potential is truly limitless. You decide when you work and how often. In addition, you set your fees.
Being a consultant can be a simple way to create the life you want by selling what you already do well, on terms that suit you.
Ebony Gayle is the author of ‘How To Become A Consultant; A Guide To Free
Yourself From The 9-5’ Paperback and eBook available from Amazon
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