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  • Hello. This is 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. I'm Georgina.

  • And I'm Rob.

  • Rob, what's the best job you've ever had?

  • Err well, this one, of course! It's very creative, with lots of variety.

  • OK, any other reasons?

  • Well yesit's a permanent job - a staff job -

  • with regular income and a pension.

  • Yes, these things can be important, but have you ever been

  • freelanceby that I mean, working for yourself

  • and selling your skills and services to different businesses?

  • Well, I worked as a paperboy oncedelivering newspapers.

  • But not reallyit's a risky way to earn an income.

  • It can be Rob.

  • But many people choose to, or have to work as a freelancer

  • to survive.

  • And that's what we're talking about in this programme.

  • But let's start with a question for you, Rob.

  • OK.

  • This is about job titlesback in the 19th Century,

  • what kind of job was a drummer?

  • Were they… a) someone who played the drums?

  • b) a travelling salesman?,

  • or, c) a music publicistwho drums up

  • meaning encourages, support for a band?

  • Well, it's got to be someone who plays the drums

  • that's my kind of job.

  • OK, Rob, we'll find out if that's right at the end of the programme.

  • But let's talk more about work now.

  • Long gone are the days of a job for life,

  • where you spent your adult life working your way up

  • the career ladder at the same company.

  • Yes, that's right.

  • We work in many different ways now because the needs of

  • businesses change frequently and it needs to be agile

  • changing the size and type of work force in order to meet demand.

  • So, people need to adapt and some choose to work for

  • themselves, offering their skills to different businesses

  • as and when they are needed.

  • But it can also be a lifestyle choice, as we're about to find out.

  • Yes, some people have chosen to become self-employed

  • working for themselves - but also, because of the recent

  • coronavirus pandemic, some people have been

  • forced into this situation.

  • Let's hear from Carla Barker, who set up her own business

  • after giving up her regular job.

  • She told BBC Radio 4's programme You and Yours how she felt

  • You know the idea of giving up a solid, permanent,

  • full-time, paid, comfortable, role is a bit petrifying

  • It is super-scary becauseyou then have that fear of

  • 'oh my goodness can we do this'?

  • You also have things creeping in that say you know

  • like self-sabotageare you good enough to do this?

  • Are people going to want to take me on as a business?

  • So, Carla decided to go it alone

  • an informal way of saying work for herself.

  • She described giving up a full-time job as petrifying

  • so frightening you can't speak or move.

  • She may have been exaggerating slightly

  • but she also said it was 'super-scary'!

  • I guess working for yourself must be scary

  • as you're solely responsible for your own success.

  • It's no surprise Carla had feelings of self-sabotage

  • having doubts and fears that stopped her achieving something.

  • Luckily, she persisted and things went well.

  • And many other people who have become self-employed

  • or freelance have overcome the fear and discovered the benefits.

  • Like Fiona Thomas, who's the author of a book called

  • 'Ditch the 9 to 5 and be your Own Boss'.

  • She also spoke to the BBC's You and Yours programme

  • and explained why she gave up the 9 to 5 –

  • the regular, full-time staff joband how it helped her

  • A kind of combination of wanting some creative

  • fulfilment from a job, compared to the job that I was in

  • before, which was very much customer based and working

  • face-to-face in hospitality.

  • But I also wanted the flexibility to accommodate

  • my mental health because I suffer from depression and

  • anxiety and I found working in a rigid schedule and being in

  • front of a lot of people all the time really

  • exacerbated a lot of my symptoms.

  • And I also wanted the financial freedom to be able to,

  • over time, increase my income without

  • just having to wait on being promoted or getting a

  • pay rise in traditional employment.

  • So, working for herself gave Fiona a good feeling

  • that she achieved something she wanted to do

  • it gave her creative fulfilment.

  • It also meant she could work more flexibly

  • and that helped her with her mental health

  • because she didn't have to follow a fixed rota of tasks.

  • And it gave her financial freedom

  • meaning the money she earned was not controlled

  • by someone else, and she didn't have to wait

  • for someone else to give her a pay rise.

  • Of course, that can be risky too.

  • Let's get back to my quiz question now, Rob.

  • Earlier I asked you if you knew what job a

  • drummer used to do back in the 19th Century?

  • And obviously, a drummer plays the drums!

  • Well, you are sort of right but a drummer

  • also used to be an informal way of describing a

  • travelling salespersonbecause their job was to

  • drum up business for a company

  • meaning they tried to increase sales.

  • Ahh very interesting, although I know which

  • drummer I would rather be – a freelance drummer in a rock band!

  • And freelance is one of the words we've mentioned today.

  • To freelance means to work for yourself, selling your skills

  • or services to different businesses.

  • Becoming self-employed can be petrifyingfrightening,

  • so you can't speak or move.

  • And starting out on your own can lead to self-sabotage

  • having doubts and fears that stop you achieving something.

  • But it can also give you fulfilment

  • a good feeling of achieving something for yourself.

  • And having financial freedom means being able to

  • control how you earn and use your money.

  • That's it for this programme.

  • We have plenty more 6 Minute English programmes

  • to enjoy on our website at bbclearningenglish.com.

  • And check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Bye for now.

  • Goodbye.

Hello. This is 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. I'm Georgina.

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Working for yourself - 6 Minute English

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