If you’ve found this month’s blog via the Fingerpost Consulting newsletter, you probably already know me and know that I’ve now worked as a freelancer within market access for nearly 3 years. For anyone else, you can find out more about me on the ‘about us’ bit of the website. In a nutshell, I spent 8 years working in a permanent position for various international market access/healthcare consultancies, before I gave in to the temptation of freelancing.
Although I’ve only freelanced for 3 years, in that time I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of freelancing. It’s not what I expected and, as more and more people seem to be making this lifestyle choice, I thought I’d share a few insights into what it really involves…
At first glance this list might sound negative, but personally, I find the pros outweigh the cons. I love it and have no desire at all to go back to a permanent role. I’ve learnt a lot about myself, I’m regularly pushed out of my comfort zone and love it when someone recommends me (without being prompted). I’ve also been surprised by how much I enjoy the more entrepreneurial side of running my own business and have already adapted and evolved Fingerpost Consulting so that we are now a team of freelancers. Our infrastructure enables us to provide continuous and reliable support, which is of value to all of our clients, but particularly the small to medium size companies who cannot resource internally at the drop of a hat. In fact, business is going so well that we are currently expanding our team.*
Whether it’s suitable for you or not definitely depends on your personality type. If you’re happy being busy, are accountable for your actions and enjoy networking and building relationships, you may well enjoy freelancing. If you would like to find out more about the realities of freelancing before making the leap, or maybe even join our growing team, please get in touch; I’m always happy to help!
*If you are a recruiter please don’t take this as a cry for help; we already have a couple of recruiters working on this and are not looking to work with any others.