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Be your own boss in 2017

Do you dream of doing something you’re passionate about?

You’re not alone. Our research – as picked up by national publications including The Guardian and The Sun – shows a third of the UK’s employed workforce wish they could escape from unfulfilling day jobs and do something they actually want to.

What better way to do this than be your own boss? We’re here to help you every step of the way, with inspirational stories and advice from people who have done it themselves, along with jargon-free business guides.

Make 2017 the year you do something different. Something radical. #GetStarted

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Turn your hobby into a career

44% of UK workers are prepared to take a pay cut to do a job they love

We humans spend an awful lot of our waking lives working. With so many people unsatisfied with what they do to make a living, isn’t it time for a change? Why not consider making your hobby your main job? Something you actually enjoy doing.

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How much to charge clients

Working out exactly what your rates are is key to successful self-employment

If you’re ditching the 9-5 to start out on your own, one of the first things you need to sort out is how much to charge clients. Should you charge a day rate, and hourly rate, or a flat fee per project? What are the pros and cons of each? We explain all.

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Get Started... with a bit of inspiration from those who've been there, done that

"The freedom! I like being able to organise my own time and not being answerable to anyone. I’ve been self-employed for 16 years now and couldn’t imagine going back to a full-time position. "

Melissa McClements
Freelancer writer

"I wasn’t very good at holding down a full-time job, being somewhere the same time every day. Life got in the way, and I wasn’t prepared to go through my life following someone else."

Jim Callender
Web designer

"Being tied down to a specific company can limit your knowledge. There could be bad habits and techniques, lack of knowledge of your craft, and also potential to be complacent."

Phil Hutchins
Freelance sound engineer

"Self-discipline was always going to be a challenge; I’m not the kind of person who can work alone in silence for hours on end, so I had to find ways of motivating myself to knuckle down and get things done."

Lauren Bravo
Freelance writer