过“不上班的理想生活”要自带哪些技能?
发布时间: 2017-09-20   来源: 北外网院
关键词: 自由职业 自带技能 北外网院 北外网课 2017秋学历招生

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关于此专家是这么说哒——

“这一切归结为自由、控制权、以及灵活性:以自己所要的方式工作的自由,控制自己所做的事,以及在任何时间、任何地点工作的灵活性。不管这个决定背后的原因是什么,人们通常不会回头。”

——《自由职业者圣经》作者Sara Horowitz

于是乎,上班狗如小编每天都承受着这世界的深深恶意。

可是“不上班的生活”这么完美,为啥子每天还有辣么多人热情高涨地把地铁车厢填成压缩罐头呢?或者说,对自由职业怀着狼子野心蠢蠢欲动的你为什么迟迟走不出关键一步呢?

也许下面的几个问题会给你一些提示,看完再想想自己是不是有拍桌子走人的本事吧。

Do you have a marketable skill?你有一个市场需要的技能吗?

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“The first step is to make sure that you have a skill that’s in demand”. These are typically specific, functional abilities like project management, web development, financial analysis — or advisory skills that come from years of experience. If you’re not sure whether you have skills that potential clients would pay for, consider testing the market by doing some moonlighting while you are still gainfully employed.

“第一个步骤,就是确保你有顾客需要的技能。”这些通常是具体的、具功能性的能力,像工程管理、网络发展、财务分析——或者来自多年经验的咨询技能。媒体和科技领域传统上是自由职业者最大的雇主,但是好消息是,几乎每个行业都在扩大临时工的雇用。如果你不肯定你是否拥有潜在的客户会付钱使用的技能,你可考虑进行市场测试,趁你还有酬就业的时候去赚些外快。

Do you have a robust network?你有一个强大的人际网络吗?

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Freelancers who are connected to others tend to do best economically,because those connections become a significant source of business. But don’t despair if you don’t yet have an extensive professional network. You can build one even before you leave your job by attending relevant conferences, reaching out to people through LinkedIn or Twitter, or joining a group of freelancers or small business owners in your area. Let them know when you go out on your own and encourage them to spread the word. Remember also that your network isn’t just about drumming up business. A critical component of your network is a friend or former colleague who is already freelancing and can point you to resources. As with any career transition, it’s important to seek advice from those with more experience and expertise than you.

和别人有联系的自由职业者,经济状况往往最好,这是因为这些联系,可变成业务的重大来源。但是,如果你还没有一个广大的专业网络的话,不要绝望。你可以在你还没离开工作之前参加相关的研讨会、通过领英(LinkedIn)或推特试着和人们沟通、或者加入你的地区的自由职业者或小型企业主的小组。当你单独在外建立业务的时候,要通知他们,并鼓励他们把消息传出去。你也要记得,你的人际网络不只是为了招揽生意。你的人际网络的关键元件,就是一位已经在做自由职业、能够指引你到各种资源的朋友或前同事。就像任何的事业职业转型一样,从那些比你更有经验、更有专门知识的人咨询,非常重要。

Do you have the right temperament?你拥有正确的性格吗?

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If you’re energized by being around other people, you need to think long and hard about whether or not you’re going to be happy working on your own. And if you’re an introvert, you’ll have to work especially hard at what may come naturally to your extrovert counterparts — networking. Seeking out meet-up activities targeted at freelancers and small businesses, volunteering in your community, joining an industry trade group, or renting a desk or office in a coworking space.

你如果在周围有人的时候就会充满活力的话,那你就要仔细想想,你独自工作的时候会不会快乐。如果你的性格内向的话,你就要特别努力做出对你的性格外向的同行来说很自然的事物——建立人际网络。要找出专门为自由职业者和小型企业主而设的聚会活动、在你的社区内进行志愿工作、加入一个行业组织、或者在公用工作空间里租一张桌子或一间办公室。Horowitz 指出,几乎每一个利基市场都会有它的特定群体。

Do you have a financial cushion?你拥有财务缓冲吗?

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Freelancing can come with a lot of uncertainty — you may not always know who your next client is going to be or how much you’re going to earn in the coming year. You have to be able to deal with ambiguity. You need to be able to put away 40% of every paycheck to cover your taxes, health and life insurance, vacations and retirement. Underestimating costs that employers typically take out of your paycheck or cover is the biggest thing that bites people. Consider which perks you want to keep and how you’ll pay for them.

做自由职业,可能带有许多不确定因素——你不都会知道你的下一位客户是谁,也不都会知道你会在来临的一年会赚进多少钱。你必须能够处理模糊性。你必须能够从每个月的薪水中保留40%来支付你的税务、健康与人寿保险、假期和退休储蓄。低估雇主从你的薪水或保险扣除的费用、是给人带来后果最大的事物。要考虑你要保留哪些福利,也要考虑你要如何支付这些福利。

Can you try it out?你能去尝试吗?

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You can ease your way into the freelance life. In fact, most people explore on the side to get a taste of what the work will be like and test out their business plan, King says. If you decide to go for it, you’ll already have your business set up and some clients in the queue. But do make sure you’re not violating any of your current company’s policies or your employment contract.

你可以渐进地进入自由职业的生涯。事实上,大多数的人会私下地探索,以便尝尝工作的感觉,同时试探他们的业务计划。如果你决定放手一搏的话,你的生意就会已经建立起来,你也会拥有几个客户。但是你也要确保你不会违反你的现任公司的政策或者你的雇佣合同。

Principles to Remember必须铭记的原则

√ Make sure you have a strong network of people who can help you find work.

确保你有一个强大的人际网络,能帮助你寻找工作.

√ Give yourself a financial cushion before going out on your own — you need to be able to weather any dry spells.

在独自去闯之前,先为自己提供财务缓冲,因为你必须能够度过低潮期。

√ Be prepared to take on tasks that aren’t directly related to your work, such as handling IT issues, sending invoices, and selling your services.

在独自去闯之前,先为自己提供财务缓冲,因为你必须能够度过低潮期

要准备好接手一些跟你的工作没有直接关系的任务,如处理信息技术问题、发送单据、推销你的服务。

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× Assume that your skills and experience are something that clients are willing to pay for — consider testing the market before officially going freelance.

假设你的技能和经验是客户愿意花钱换取的——要考虑在正式开始自由职业之前,先试探市场。

× Go freelance if you’re not self-directed or comfortable with ambiguity.

做自由职业,如果你不会自我指导,或者能够接受模糊性。

× Leave your job until you have a plan in place, even if it’s not 100% certain.

离开工作,直到你已经计划妥当,即使它并非百分之百肯定。

 

                   

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

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