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Working Free For Individuals

This is how the Working Free for Individuals works.

  • Our expectation is that this process starts with senior executives who,  thinking about their career and business futures, find themselves on this website. At some stage in this process they decide that talking to someone about it is the next sensible thing to do.
  • This can easily be done by getting in touch with us by phone or by email.  What you  might want to do is book a 20  minute call with one of our Directors.  You can book the phone call here. There will be no charge for this but there will be for whatever you sign up for after this. Information about this will be made available to you at this time and/or on request.
  • What we would ask it that, at the same time, you email [email protected] with your full contact details including relevant career information and an indication of what you would like to talk about.  What we would include in the conversation is what Working Free could do for you!
  • If acceptable to you, Working Free will create a bespoke programme for you in terms of modules, locations and timings. Each programme may consist of one or more Modules. For those new to Independent working, we recommend that you start with the Career Choice Module,  After this, you can pick and choose what you want and what would suit your professional aspirations.
  • Each module lasts three hours and fees are based on the number of executives on the programme and how many modules are included in the Programme by the client.
  • Unlike the Working Free pathfinder Programme which is aimed at Corporates and  based on working with groups, Working Free for Individuals can operate on a one-on-one basis but we are keen to create small groups. This can reduce the cost for those attending and benefits from the interactivity. This is based on a minimum of three delegates and a practical working maximum of ten. Technical Topic Partners may meet with individuals at their own discretion and on privately negotiated terms. Full details available from [email protected].
  • Some care is needed in planning these events – in order to get the best mix of venue, location, pricing and attendee profiles.
  • Invoicing and payment for the Programme is required when booking.

Our unique approach is based on our interactive and comprehensive working website which covers, in a structured way, the planned programme of effective support to the overall client base. In theory, the executives we work with can do it all themselves; in practice you need support.  This blend of self-help and structured tutoring makes Working Free unique.  In your new career, you will be on your own and will need to think and operate in an entrepreneurial and leadership role.  Welcome to this working lifestyle and welcome to Working Free.

A useful observation of the Individual Programme and when comparing it with other outplacement/ career development programmes is that it is a fusion of the DIY approach and external tuition through the interactive website. Many of the skills and information absorbed call for practice to make it effective.  The Working Free Programme is a blended approach.

If you want to be successful as a
Director-level Independent Worker, you need to…

Have a viable professional product

Make sure you are clear on your strengths, what you have to offer and your value.  You need to understand how to differentiate yourself.

Identify and Understand your market

You need to know this because these are the people and their organisations who will buy your professional product. You might think that those outside your market will provide referrals.  Maybe. But never ever as much.

Understand your market’s context and positioning

Read all about being a Self Drive Worker elsewhere on this website.  You are positioned in the 47% of the 32m working population in the UK.  Even if you don’t agree with this interpretation, your own answer is bound to be somewhere near. You might think you are in a lonely place; NOT true!

Be very good at what you do – and stay good – specialists generally do better than generalists

Always remember, you are as good as your last job. Keep yourself refreshed personally with fitness and professionally by taking part in CPD activities to keep on top of your chosen field of work.

Know how to get the work

Marketing and selling – these two different things are all-pervasive.  You are doing it all the time. Similarly, there is no one section on this website that covers it all. It’s all over and everywhere!

No sales equals no revenue.  So – if winning business is not something you have done in the past, develop your client relationship and influencing skills and learn from every client conversation.  Always remember that people buy from people – so winning respect, credibility, trust and achieving a level of client chemistry always comes before an order.  Be yourself, be authentic and, above all, develop a ‘client mind-set’ which enables you to understand a client’s needs.  Seeing things from the other side of the table always impresses and leads to better quality proposals and solutions.  95% of an Independent’s success is based on understanding what the client brief is all about.  This takes skill and experience and is always work in progress!

Let your friends know what you do and invest in building your network.  Networking is much more than just winning business, it’s also about collaboration, support and building great relationships.

Manage your own Practice

Set yourself up with good advisers – an accountant, lawyer and others you may need.  Choose wisely and choose people who are not just good technically but who want to work in collaboration with you.  Chemistry is everything.

Manage your time wisely – work on priorities, be organised and efficient in the way you run your business, you can then put your focus on being with clients.

Don’t be afraid to ask for support.  “No-one is wiser than all of us!”  You will always have peaks and troughs and it’s good to step back and talk things through with someone you trust.

Work harder than ever you expected – the harder you work, you luckier you get – and we all need some luck.

Your reputation is everything so develop and protect it.

Book a free 20 minute phone call with one of our Directors.

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