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How to Survive the Quiet Months as a Self Employed

The earning potential of a freelancer or self employed is limitless, unlike being an employee. As a self employed person you determine how much you want to earn so long as you back it up with the work that will make that figure possible. In a 9 to 5 you’re only entitled to a fixed salary from month to month.

There are pros and cons for each career path, so it all depends on what matters to you. Working from home works for me and my family at the moment, and I don’t see that ever-changing. I enjoy my work and the flexibility it brings. Plus, I make more money every month than I did at my previous traditional 9 – 5 job.

 

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Although being self employed is great, there are times when you face those dreaded quiet months where the inflow of projects or gigs is slow. This can pose a challenge in your life. However, if you’re prepared for those quiet months you’ll be unperturbed when those months knock at your door. Here are some quiet months survival methods for when you are struggling with new ideas to bring in money.

 

Survival Tip #1: Plan ahead

As much as planning for success is important, you should also factor in moments when things may not work according to plan. That’s where most self-employed miss it. They don’t expect that anything can go wrong, but that’s nearly impossible in real life.

Have a list of all the things you want to achieve next month and how you will make them happen. Now on another list write all the mishaps that could probably happen and how you would get over the problem.

This little exercise will give you a realistic perspective of your monthly goals as well as a road map out of possible things that may go wrong. The idea is not to focus on the negatives but rather help you make necessary improvements to smash your goals.

 

Survival Tip #2: Contact previous clients

Clients are the livewire of your business. So, if you’re having quiet months then you have a problem. The good news is that you don’t have to go very far before you can get clients.

One of the ways to get clients to patronize you is to reach out to your previous clients. Ask them if they have any projects you can help them with. Give them offers that will make them come back.

If they aren’t ready to hire you for the month, don’t stop there. Ask them if they know anyone who would need your service or product. You’d never know how many gigs can come out from just asking. Reach out to various corporations and see what happens.

 

Survival Tip #3: 10X your outreach

During those dry spells, you have to put yourself out there constantly and consistently so that more people can know about you and the products and services you offer. The more people know about what you do, the higher the chances that someone will buy from or hire you.

There are so many ways you can put yourself and your business out there. You can join meet-ups or other networking events and connect with people. Guest posting to showcase your expertise and attract your target audience is another great idea. You can help your target audience with problems or questions they have as a way to let people know what you can do. Pitch to companies or small businesses you can offer your services to.

 

Survival Tip #4: Promote on Social Media

Never estimate the power of social media. With the help of social media, you can be based in the UK, but still reach people as far as Detroit or from China. Ensure you always promote your business on social media. Make use of the social media platforms that work best for your kind of business and get the word out there.

 

 

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These survival tips are tried and tested by me, and have worked beautifully for many years now.

How do you handle the quiet months in your business? Do you have any tried and tested tip to share with other self-employed persons? Please drop a comment in the comments box below.

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How long did it take for you to pass your driving test

What’s the worst part about learning to drive? The inevitable practical test that we need to pass before gaining our independence on the roads.

Nowadays, unless you live in central London, having a driving licence is a very useful commodity. It’s useful for work, holidays and driving your friends and family around as a chauffeur service.

The build up to the test is a nerve wracking experience. You’ve invested all that time and money into practicing, organising a car and promising people lifts once you pass. It’s not a cheap endeavour and the test itself is the final hurdle before you can be let loose!

There are a few interesting statistics when it comes to the UK driving test which are covered in an infographic from Absolute Reg.

Using official government data, they’ve shared some key facts about practical driving test pass rates that you might not know about. Or might not want to know about…

 

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In 2017, the pass rate for UK car driving tests was 47.1% for people taking the test on their first attempt. Meaning that over half of people fail, so don’t get too disheartened if this happens to you. You’re actually in the majority.

It’s also revealed that the pass rate is higher for men. 50.6% of men passed with the rate lower for women at 43.9%.

Living in a big city like London is also a downside if you’re taking your test. London test takers have a lower pass rate, which is unsurprising given the greater number of distractions you have to deal with on the roads and other drivers getting in your way. So taking your test in a more remote location could be a great option if you’re struggling to pass.

And although young drivers have a bad reputation on the roads, the 16-25 age group has the highest pass rate!

 

My thoughts

These results don’t surprise me. I am yet to pass my driving test. My theory test has now expired so I will need to take that test again too. I had my first driving test about 5 years ago. I was heavily pregnant with the twins and paranoid. So failing my test came as no surprise.

I am looking forward to passing my driving tests this year. Driving would bring a new form of independence. I won’t have to over plan my trips or wait for anyone to take me where I need to go.

 

Have you passed your driving tests? How long did it take you to pass them?

 

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A Beginners Guide To Visiting Cannes

Cannes is best known for hosting the world famous film festival that draws huge crowds every year. But that’s only one of the things that it has to offer. It has an amazing climate all year round with great beaches and plenty of great cultural sights to see. If you’ve never thought about visiting Cannes before, it might be worth heading over there next time you visit France. Here is a quick guide to make sure you get the most out of your trip.

 

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Where to Stay

Cannes can be a pretty expensive city and if you’re staying right in the centre, it’ll cost you. Luckily, there are some great places you can stay nearby that will be a lot cheaper, while still giving you easy access to all of the sights. Mougins in France is only a 15 minute drive from Cannes but you can still find the same luxury accommodation, without the hefty price tag. There are plenty of amazing villas that come complete with a swimming pool and a beautiful view of the surrounding area. Staying just outside the centre of Cannes will make the whole trip a lot cheaper and it also gives you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the centre if you want to relax for a day or two.

 

Shopping

There are some great shopping destinations in Cannes if you’re after a bit of retail therapy while you’re away. There are some great markets offering local produce, particularly if you’re a big seafood fan. As well as brilliant food markets, there are some quaint little antique shops and traditional potters where you can pick up some great souvenirs for the house. If you’re into your fashion, you can find some of the best clothing brands in the world like Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton. The best thing about it is, they’re often cheaper than you can buy them elsewhere.

 

Cultural Sights

Cannes is known as a center for film culture but there are also other great cultural sights to visit. The Malmaison is home to some great modern photography and art exhibitions, housed in an old 19th century mansion that was originally part of the grand hotel. For some local history, the Musee de la Castre is the place to go. It houses a great collection of weaponry, artifacts and old ceramics that were collected by local aristocrats.

 

Food And Drink

Pretty much anywhere you go in France you’ll find great food and drink and Cannes is no exception. There is a good local fishing industry in the area. So you can find some of the best seafood in the country in Cannes. Particular highlights include Astoux et Cie Brun and the Michelin starred La Villa Archange. If you’re looking for something a little more straightforward, Grill and Wines is a great standard restaurant serving good food with great service.

It’s always worth visiting Cannes for the film festival but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go any other time of year because it’s not just about the touristy stuff.  

 

Have you visited Cannes?

 

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