Will the gig economy replace the job for life?

Are the days of a ‘job for life’ long gone? Here, we examine the recent rise of the gig economy and how it affects modern working practices. The UK’s gig economy is booming, with more people than ever before choosing to work for themselves. According to statistics released last year, one in seven UK workers which equates to a record-high of 4.8 million people are now enjoying the freedom of being self-employed. Research has also suggested that just 6 per cent of workers do the traditional hours of 9am to 5pm.

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The Career Shift From Employed to Independent

More and more folks are leaving the 9-to-5 grind for the grind of growing their own business.

Career independence is on the upswing, and according to a recent survey conducted by FreshBooks, the majority (7 in 10) of self-employed individuals have no intention of returning to traditional employment. Instead, they intend to grow their business. The fact is that primary roles in the economy are no longer “employer and employee.” We have shifted toward an “independent professional and client” economy. Here’s a brief history as to how career independence became the new norm.

Source: The Career Shift From Employed to Independent | Entrepreneur.com

How True Is The Entrepreneur Life You See On Social Media?

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If you search ‘entrepreneur’, ‘founder’ or ‘startup’ on Instagram, what do you see? Or more to the point, what do you not see? There is no tears. No late nights. No signs of panic. No empty bank accounts.

Instagram would have you believe that becoming an entrepreneur, and indulging in some #entrepreneurlife, means the following.

Source: How True Is The Entrepreneur Life You See On Social Media?

How to Quit Your Job and Start Something New, According to People Who Left Google, Facebook and Apple to Do It

First and foremost, you have to be honest with yourself (and your boss).Quitting your job and moving onto something new is always a nerve-racking process.

But just think about how people who’ve left the biggest companies out there must feel.

Business Insider has spoken to numerous alumni of some of the most talked about companies.

Many of them described leaving to tackle new ventures and chart their own course in the business world.

Here’s some advice from people who’ve quit jobs at companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook on how to seize control of your career:

Source: How to Quit Your Job and Start Something New, According to People Who Left Google, Facebook and Apple to Do It | Inc.com

How I Easily Find Freelance Clients on Instagram: A Step by Step Guide

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Upwork wasn’t for me. So I found a way around that.

I recently did a Snapchat/Instagram story takeover for the @womenintech channel where I discussed how I used Instagram to find clients and build my first portfolio. I got a lot of feedback asking to go into more detail on how to do this. Since the takeover is no longer accessible, here are the exact steps I took to utilize the IG platform and find clients.

Source: How I Easily Find Freelance Clients on Instagram: A Step by Step Guide

How to Stay Active, Fit And Motivated as an Entrepreneur

Your staff, your investors, and your loved ones are relying on you to stay on top of your health and well being.

Source: How to Stay Active, Fit And Motivated as an Entrepreneur | Inc.com

Why Every CEO Should Travel Alone

How traveling to Bali gave me my creativity back, empowered my team and rid me of decision fatigue.

Traveling alone is something I have never done before. I did not go to college, and my “Euro-trip” after high-school graduation was with my grandmother, so not exactly the kind of trip you take to get lost in the world by yourself. Travel is the best way to stay creative, and tons of studies agree, so why is it so hard for people to take time away from work?

After the ups and downs of this past year, I realized the healthiest thing for me was to take a few days off and re-charge my creativity. I’ve always felt great about my ability to dream up interesting and out of the box ideas, but I had been coming up flat lately, and it was time for a big change.

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How to get unstuck and create the life you love

“Everyone I know follows one path to ‘success.'”

Graduate from college.
Get a job.
Get married.
Have kids.
Retire with enough savings to splurge on vacation.

This was the life planned for me 5 years ago, when I was essentially a housewife for a traditional Chinese guy.

Source: How to get unstuck and create the life you love – The Mission – Medium

Here Are 6 Side Hustles You Can Start From Your Couch

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The word “side hustle” is being thrown around a lot in 2018. Here’s how you can monetize your own passion.

From graphic designers selling on Amazon and bankers writing ebooks to writers running podcasts, the word “side hustle” is being thrown around a lot in 2018. Last year, it was reported that one out of two Millennials now have a side hustle–and that number is only expected to grow.​

By day, I run a marketing and design agency, but by night, I too join the ranks of side-hustlers. Every evening from 7 p.m., I work on my e-commerce store to sell snarky yoga mats, mugs, and doormats.

Source: Here Are 6 Side Hustles You Can Start From Your Couch | Inc.com

How Entrepreneurs Can Build A Business And Live A Sustainable Life

It surely is realistic, and a boon to your entrepreneurial dreams, for you to pursue harmony among the different parts of life, even if you are not devoting equal amounts of your attention to all of them simultaneously.

The common wisdom says that real success as an entrepreneurial leader requires 100% devotion to your enterprise.  Nothing else can matter or get in the way, right?  Wrong.

Source: How Entrepreneurs Can Build A Business And Live A Sustainable Life | Forbes.com