New Work in Practice: My Path to partial Self-Employment - Part 2

Your decision has been made? You know that you want to change?

You know what drives you and you know your strengths that will take you unerringly to new shores? Then now is the time to put your plans into action.

In Part 1 of this blog, I reported on the aspects that I had already clarified before embarking on my path to partial self-employment. Now I would like to give you a few concrete tips for implementation.

Step by step into action

What seems crystal clear in theory often turns out to be quite complex in practice. Suddenly, countless questions and details come up that you didn’t really have in mind beforehand. To keep an overview and not lose my cool, it has helped me to draw up a rough roadmap. In my experience, the following steps are the most important:

– Check your working conditions and see what clauses are in your contract.

– Think about how many hours you want to work per week and when.

– Talk to your employer about your ideas and possible options. Think in advance about how you will present your arguments.

– Look for a suitable job and think about what suits you and your skills.

– Think about a business plan and how you will implement and finance your business idea – this will help you to think about who your target audience will be, who you might want to work with and give you a chance to structure your thoughts.

– Network and do market research – meet other self-employed people and exchange ideas, do market research to see if there is a demand for your services.

– Manage your finances and think about how you will finance your expenses, depending on the NewWork income model.

– Think about whether you can implement a work-life balance after answering all the questions

Courage to set out

The path to a new work model can be challenging, but it is worth it. At least that is my conclusion from three years of New Work.

The wonderful thing about this model is that you get to know your own abilities all over again. New Work creates space for experimentation. It not only offers the possibility to think in a new way and leave the beaten track, but also challenges you to do so. At the same time, it often – and this was also the case for me – rekindles a long-lost passion for the “old” job.

Maybe you are at the very beginning of your journey and are facing the same questions and problems as I did.

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