Sometimes jobs become stale. It might mean you need to take on a new project, something you’re really excited about. It might mean talking to your manager about new opportunities and responsibilities. It might mean it’s time to change something in your personal life. But what it could mean is that it’s time for a real shake up.
Sometimes the career you’ve found yourself in due to the choices you made at 18, 20, or 25 simply doesn’t fit the person you grow into over the years. As you become more confident, you might want to seek more independence rather than fitting into a rigid hierarchy which has you following the orders of the person above you however fit they are for purpose.
On the other hand, the freelance life can be exhausting, with no stability and a second full time job chasing payment for the work you’ve done, and as you age, particularly if you want to start a family you may find yourself drawn to more traditional, secure structures of working.
Transitioning from freelance work to a full time job shouldn’t be too challenging – certainly no more challenging than anyone else submitting a CV, and you may find your breadth of experience and contacts gives you a foot in the door in more places than the standard applicant.
On the other hand, if you’re trading in an established career in the office for new venture as a freelance consultant, you have a slightly more difficult path in front of you. You have less contacts, less experience of finding work as well as actually doing it. You’ll need to learn how to sell yourself every day, and get used to being the expert in the room. People are hiring you for your expertise so you need to believe in it yourself.
If you’re an experienced manager with some successful high pressure projects completed under your belt, you might want to get in touch with some of the companies specialising in interim management London hosts. This allows you to tap your managerial experience as a consultant, going into companies that are in trouble, facing overruns on key projects or simply trying to enact change and being the authoritative voice that’s needed to make these vital changes.
This gives you a clear way to market your existing experience and a structure businesses understand, which makes it easy to make the decision for them to hire you. As you use interim management as a sustainable way to wet your feet in the freelance market, you can begin built to a network of clients and advocates that will make your career successful in the long run.