Thinking of going self-employed?
Becoming self employed is an option open to all experienced environmental professionals. The key to success is securing clients and/or project work through networking, with knowledge and experience dictating the kind of services a business is able to offer.
Professional membership demonstrates to clients that an individual possesses the relevant skills for a particular project, that their knowledge is up to date and that they are bound by a code of practice that requires the practitioner to operate in a professional and ethical manner.
Whether the work is undertaken locally, regionally, nationally or internationally, networking is essential. Networking provides opportunities to meet potential clients, competitors and partners to gather knowledge and understanding, which can be used to attract potential clients.
Professional Indemnity Insurance will also be important. There are many organisations that offer cover and S-Tech Insurance offer an IEMA discount.
The following page describes some of the support that is available for those wanting to go self-employed: Setting up your own business.