How do I go from self employed to someone with managerial experience? x


  • Hi @Linnea Kempe in your self-employment experience you probably have indirectly guided, led and facilitated teams, vendors, clients to reach project goals and demonstrated leadership. Write these down. Demonstrate examples of this via your CV and interviews, and I am certain this will help you land your managerial role eventually.
  • Managing experience comes from different type of collaboration. Making a contract that protects both sides would be a very important thing. When you make a contract, you must consider benefits for both sides not just yours. This can show how you care about their rights and their needs. This is also the way to build the trust and respect.

    1. Share your working attitude with your collaborators. (Tell them about what's your bottom line? And also you can clearly tell them about the workflow and structure but not stifling them.

    2. Give them room to share their creative ideas, to be their best and to be unconventional.

    3. You are more like the one to get people to go the greatest thing. Sometimes, you may know them better more than they know themselves.

  • I would list the things that you do already that are responsible and structured in a way that shows you can manage things. For example it might be suppliers you use regularly or people you work with to do your work. It's really about having the right mindset and enthusiasm to want to look after people first and the work second. companies will want to feel they can really work with you first (I mean at the interview stage) and then they would trust you to manage people to help in their goals.
  • It's a very complicated question. First of all, try to find a mentor/apprentice. Usually, it is natural when you are working full-time with a career growth option. And then, you must learn more about finances, human resources, contracts, what is unacceptable work and what is acceptable work - and how to communicate with the team (if you are responsible to write the "unwritten rules").
  • You could try to get some larger projects that need you to hire some additional people. You lead them and you're on the road to take on a management position someday.
    Or, take on an apprentice. I'm sure there are Government grants for this.

  • You do have managerial experience; you manage yourself. If you need to acquire skills in managing other people, why not offer your services as a volunteer in a relevant field (e.g. community/hospital radio; youth work in the music sector; etc.)
  • I would look at some of the freelance platforms out there to secure roles that involve some degree of management in their roles or better still speak to people in your network that have those sorts of roles to understand the skills required. Another option is to bring someone with less experience than you to help and then your are developing your managerial skills that way.
  • Hi Linnea,

    Without knowing the context self employment does require managerial experience. The journey basically that you start to have your own projects / clients and then you hire / contract other people when you have more than one person amount of work in.

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  • Hi Linnea! Can you clarify your question bit? Are you applying for a job that requires management experience, or is moving into management one of your career goals?

    If you're applying for a job that requires management, I'd say just go for it. Although you might not be managing a team of people in your self-employed role, I've found that many of the skills I developed as a freelancer have been helpful since I've been managing people.

    For example, managing client relationships takes tact, diplomacy, and the ability to have sometimes direct or awkward conversations. And if you're juggling a portfolio of work, you're likely great at planning and prioritizing.

    If you have moving to management as one of your career goals, a smart move can be to look to join a growing company. That's how I ended up in management. I was one of the first local hires in my area (Content Design). As the team grew this left me really well placed to shift into a management role once the opportunity arose.

    (Easier said than done, I know, but many companies will have defined or well-trodden paths for people to move into management roles. It's also something that you can raise early on in discussions with recruiters or hiring managers.)

    Does that help at all?!

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