25 july 2019

Remember last week’s blog post? I asked our HR freelancers why they love freelancing. I asked one question and received different answers. So I was curious and decided to ask another one. 

Curious as I am, I wanted to know what it takes to become a freelancer. I asked: “Do you have a tip for someone thinking about becoming an HR interim manager?” After all, the battery of my iPhone wasn’t empty yet and there was still plenty of room left on my voice recorder. 

Tip 1: believe in yourself  

OK. The first tip sounds cliché, but it's true. Believing in yourself is essential. And this is especially true if you’re an HR interim manager, says Marian.

Marian :“A tip on how to become a freelancer? Believe in yourself. That's important. You’re often alone. So it is important to believe in yourself. And go for it. Take the plunge.”

It’s true. A freelancer faces different challenges than regular employees. As an employee, you have your own group of colleagues. As a freelancer, you often work alone. 

Tip 2: know yourself 

When are you ready to freelance? According to Manuel, being an expert is a good start, but it’s not enough. 

Manuel:“I think what's important when you want to freelance is that knowledge of your profession alone is not enough. You have to have that second part of entrepreneurship in you. I think that's what's important: you have to have the two.”

You need to be an expert and entrepreneur. And Manuel speaks from experience, being a freelance payroll consultant himself. Manuel currently works on 2 different HR assignments in 2 different companies. 

Tip 3: ask for support

Whether it's a bookkeeper or a friend: it’s important to ask for advice, Koen says. An accountant will help you draw up a financial plan. A friend will help you choose the right HR assignment. Meanwhile, you focus on your HR assignment. 

Koen:“I have a coach with whom I meet regularly to exchange ideas. A second tip: you have to look for a good accountant who can help you. You have to know where you stand. A third tip: give yourself 2 to 3 years to really say: this is something for me.”

Tip 4: take your time

The best advice: you don’t have to choose between working for yourself and working for an employer right away. You don’t have to see it in black and white. 

Hanneke:I myself started as a freelancer when I already had a job. You can try it gradually by working part-time so that you don't stop with your permanent contract and are without a freelance assignment. I was working and then the question came up whether I wanted to do an assignment. 

In fact, you can easily combine a freelance assignment with your current job. This can help you to decide if a freelance career is something for you.

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Maxim Schelstraete

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