Converting to self-employment.
A while ago our Sales Instigator Ingrid told us why she started working as a freelancer. For Ingrid this choice was made several years ago, but for our new asset and Business Instigator Annick Heirman the step to self-employment was taken just one month ago. As a company that works a lot with freelancers, we are very curious how Annick experienced her first month as a freelancer and why she made this step.
Why the switch to freelancing?
To be honest, I have always dreamed of being an entrepreneur. During my career as a loyal employee I often thought ‘Why don’t I do this myself?’ and after 20 years of working with heart and soul for others, it itched even more than ever to take matters into my own hands. On top of that, COVID-19 unexpectedly brought along a lot of changes and this bizarre period really made me stop and think about the question ‘Where do I want to go professionally? I like to rely on Albert Einstein’s statement ‘In the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity’. So I took the plunge and, with the support of Pitch Perfect, I hope for a soft landing.
What is the big difference for you between working as a freelancer or being an employee?
The freedom and flexibility to choose where, when, for/with whom and how much you want to work. Nothing is more fun than being able to organize your own time and certainly not with the intention of working less (on the contrary). As a freelancer you really work for yourself. Let that be an extra motivation to make it a success. There is a healthy urge in me to prove myself, to set the bar high and consequently to unburden both the customer and the client. The realization that I can share my accumulated experience with other companies in various sectors also allows me – unlike in the past – to have a much broader view of the general business world.
What is involved in the transition to self-employment?
Euh… a lot and not a lot… mainly administration and the search for a professional, knowledgeable and reliable accountant. Perhaps the nicest thing for me was the search for a nice and affordable car. The latter I found exciting in itself, because having always had the luxury of driving a company car, such visits to car garages were a thing of the past when I was 18 years old. I also realize that the most important element in the transition to self-employment is the change of mindset.
What positive aspects have you already experienced as a freelancer that you didn’t have before as an employee?
As a freelancer you automatically adjust your thinking pattern. I notice that I work more consciously, question myself more and want to act more result-oriented. I now experience working much more than before and I enjoy the variety of projects. Being an entrepreneur is a real challenge and I trust that it will only become more exciting.
What has been the most exciting part of working with Pitch Perfect so far?
From day 1 (and even before the actual collaboration) I have experienced that the team of Pitch Perfect is not only extremely driven and dynamic, but also very willing to share their knowledge. Partly because of this and partly because of their expertise, I find peace of mind in the fact that I am not alone as an entrepreneur. Furthermore, the lines of communication at Pitch Perfect are very short, you enjoy a professional sounding board, people value your own input and, in addition to the professional, there is also plenty of room for humor and relaxation. In short: a fantastic team, to which I, as an independent entrepreneur, have the pleasure of being a part!