In the UK, ever more people are choosing self-employment as a way to earn a living – around 4.5 million at the last count. Self-employment puts you in charge of your working life, so in theory, you can choose who you want to work with, the hours that you want to work and where you want to work.
In practice, self-employment can be very hard work, lonely and financially very uncertain. It demands certain personality traits and a great deal of self discipline. It is certainly not right for everyone. That’s why the greater majority of people still choose to work in regular employment.
But if you are considering self-employment, either as a way of progressing your career or to get you back into paid work, the resources here will help you understand what’s involved and to decide whether it really would be right for you.
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