I wouldn't call myself an expert in freelancing / contracting.
However, I have spent the last 4 years trying to work out why it makes sense for everyone to try and freelance (for a short while at least).
Here's how I first got interested in Freelancing:
In 2017 I got my first role as a quantity surveyor.
It was my first job out of university and I was so excited to get a semi-corporate role. I thought the salary was decent, but as I progressed and worked with more and more people, I realised that no matter how good you are, there is a cap on how much you can earn.
In the UK, talking about money and earning potential is seen as crude.
The truth is it is the most important thing (initially) when determining your career path and your employer.
If you go to a Russell Group university or an Ivy-League institution, you are going there because you want the best education, from the most prestigious provider so you can get the highest paying job.
Let's be real about it. Unless you have academic passions there is no other reason.
During my formative years, I found out that freelancing is a cheat code. You can earn double, sometimes even triple what you would make when compared to a normal salaried employee.
Freelancing is a form of self-employment where you work for yourself. You aren't committed to any single company and you have the freedom to choose the projects you work on. This was revolutionary for me.
The UK has a relative good demand for freelance quantity surveyors. The role itself is in short supply. However, freelancing has been a thing for ages and its cross-industry. I've met freelance business analysts, lawyers, software engineers and accountants.
So my goal over the next 2 years is:
I've only recently started freelancing. My initial goal is to get my self-established in the industry and build a network of clients. I think I would like to build a team.
If you are in the UK and are a QS, message me on linked in here for more info about becoming a freelance QS.