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Self Employment Is A Proper Job

6 February 2012

A proud fox cub. You can be proud too.

I was working with a client last week who was starting out on their self-employed life and they kept referring to ‘when they had a proper job’ and that being self employed ‘wasn’t like having a proper job.’

(I’ve heard this phrase used a lot by people who run their own business, or by possibly jealous friends who would probably like to work for themselves and who don’t yet have the motivation or need to do so).

I beg to differ and I gently corrected them that if that really was their attitude then they were in for a shock.

In our modern career it’s a fair chance that we will be involved in a variety of working patterns whether as an employee, a free-lance, a consultant, an intern or as manager of our own business. The one thing that all of these have in common is that they are all proper jobs, worthy of respect from ourselves and our peers. All of them involve risk and reward, we all have to account for stakeholder needs and we all have to work hard and deliver the goods in order to get paid.

So, therefore, if you’re thinking of working for yourself, or already do so, remember that this is a proper job and one to be proud of.

And, I would add, that if working a 7-week sometimes, having to manage 100% of the risk and reward, making time to win clients, deliver work, complete admin, raise invoices, collect money and have no paid holidays isn’t a proper job, then I don’t know what is.

Stand up and be proud. A modern career has many facets and they’re all worthwhile.


Ostrich Or Nostrich?

25 September 2011

Here's looking at you kid!

Here's looking at you kid!

Thank you to everyone who’s watched the YouTube video about How To Keep Your Job. It was fun a thing to do and I have some more to release over the next few weeks. It’s a good way to get people interested in the book too, as we can all benefit from brushing up our skills.

In my support of professional types making their way through their Modern Career I’m always struck by just how much people trust to luck. Some of the biggest grumblers I’ve met are the ones who do the least to be proactive and take no steps to reduce the pressure they’re under or improve their productivity.

They prefer to keep their head in the sand – just like an ostrich.

The others keep their head up and make changes to improve life. They’re a no-strich..!!

So, what are you…

Ostrich or Nostrich?

And what are you doing this week to improve your productivity?

There are loads of hints and tips in the book, so no need to trust to luck.



Click cover to view details on Amazon


Riding the Rocket

How to manage your Modern Career

Published 2013 Marshall Cavendish



Bouncing Back

How to get going again after a career setback

Published 2012 Marshall Cavendish



How to Keep Your Job

Brilliant ways to increase performance, stay employed and keep the money rolling in

Published 2011 Marshall Cavendish



Job Hunting 3.0

Secrets and skills to sell yourself effectively in the Modern Age

Published 2010 Marshall Cavendish



Leave the Bastards Behind

An insider's guide to working for yourself

Published 2007 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish



My Boss is a Bastard

Surviving turmoil at work

Published 2006 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish


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