From the number of enquiries forwarded to the Freelance Dietitians Group, it appears that many dietitians are considering working freelance. Some contemplate this route while holding an NHS post or other employment. The combination of an NHS job plus freelance can be a realistic and comfortable option for many but any freelance work should be kept completely separate from your work as an employee at all times.
It is worth stating that freelance is not an ‘easy option’. In order to be successful it requires a lot of hard work and commitment. Seeing the occasional private patient ’after hours’ may seem to be easy money but note the following:
Perhaps the current job is becoming stressful or dissatisfying, not the career path or opportunity that you had hoped? It may be worthwhile to stand back for a minute and look at the benefits of being employed before launching into self-employed status.
As an employee you receive:
And there may be more …
Remember that when you are freelance ALL of the above must be arranged and paid for by yourself.
On the back of an envelope, or similar, write down your current salary. Now add 30% and that is the likely value of your present remuneration package including the above benefits.
If you are still eager to go it alone then WELCOME.
Join the Freelance Dietitians Group for help and support.
Read our Fact Sheets for the valuable information to be gleaned from them. They are written by freelancers for freelancers.
Attend our 'Starting Out as A Freelance Dietitian' course.
Write your Business Plan and step out into the unknown, confident in the new path that you have chosen.