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This is how the Working Free Programme for Individuals works

Everyone operating at senior levels of permanent employment in organisations should stop and think about their career futures when they get into their late forties and certainly into their fifties. In particular, they should take a hard look at operating independently.

We can all recognise why.  We can also recognise the things that happen or change or develop that may present the need, the opportunity, the choice and, often, the inevitability.

Working Free offers the opportunity to find out more.  Working Free can help you tap into the knowledge, the experience, the issues and the challenges towards making a sound judgement and, maybe, a new and fulfilling and, maybe, unexpected, phase in your career.

Whilst most of our work is for Corporates, we are pleased to work with individuals either on a one-on-one basis but, preferably, in small groups.

Browse Our Website

The first step is to spend some time browsing through WorkingFree.co.uk. Get to know what is in it. In particular, spend some time on www.workingfree.co.uk/career-choices/

Email Us

Then email us at [email protected] for a general conversation.  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.

Threshold Webinars

An alternative is to look out for one of our regular Working Free Threshold Webinars. Each Threshold Webinar – which is free – covers a specific published Topic in an introductory and general nature.  It is supported by a working Agenda, allows ample time for questions and lasts for between 45 and 60 minutes.  For this, we would need your full name and email address.

Working Free Workshops

You may want to take this further and attended one or more detailed follow-up Working Free Workshops. Information about Working Free Workshops this will be made available to you at this time and/or on request. The fee will be published at that time and will include optional inclusion in the Cohort Network of those attending that specific Workshop.  For this we would additionally invite you to let us have 25 words on who you are and what you do. This information will be published on the Cohort list which will be shared with its members. We would need your permission to use your personal details in this respect – please also see our Privacy Policy.  You may also wish to  take up Individual Membership of Devonshire House  – DevonshireHouseNetwork.co.uk  – free for the first six months.

Individual Offering

Unlike the Working Free Pathfinder Programme which is aimed at Corporates and based on working with groups, our mainstream offering to Individuals consists of a bespoke programme for each individual client in terms of Workshops, locations and timings. Each programme will consist of one or more Workshops. For those new to Independent working, we recommend that the Career Choices Workshop is included in your selection as a first step.  Sometimes, individual clients will attend the Career Choices Workshop only – and then decide to choose others.

3hr Workshops

Each Workshop lasts three hours and standard fees are based on the number of executives on the programme and how many Workshops are included in the Programme by the client.

Small Groups

We are keen to create small groups 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 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.

Our unique approach is based on our interactive and comprehensive working website which covers, in a structured way, the planned Workshops. In theory, the executives we work with can do it all themselves; in practice they need support.  This blend of self-help and structured support 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.  Our working world is going this way.

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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