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The world is changing. And so is how we work.
In the world of business, there has been a consistent increase in the number of small and medium-sized enterprises. Start-ups are popping up across many sectors and there is an enthusiasm and freshness associated with them that is contagious. Growth is mainly coming from micro-businesses, those with a handful of employees, or sole traders. But why are so many people starting up their own companies? There are a number of reasons.
Flexibility. We’re constantly told the future is flexible, and many companies are considering the contracts they offer and working patterns available to employees, but many aren’t being flexible enough. Long commutes, a desire to be able to drop the children off at school, high travel costs and mental wellbeing: they all ignite a spark that 10 years ago wouldn’t have even developed into an idea.
Creativity. We all have passions, and now more than ever are being encouraged to embrace them and practice self-care. Whether you are artistic, numerical, a ‘maker,’ a baker...there is quite probably a way you can evolve that passion into a career. Of course, you could continue enjoying your hobby in your spare time, but if you feel a change is needed it’s useful to consider how you’d hone your skills.
Ethics. We’re living in a new age: an age where many people are focused on living a life which respects and nurtures the environment. We’re kinder to our planet, our animals and each other. And all too often big businesses and confusing politics just don’t complement this. Micro businesses more often than not support their local communities. They use local produce, they employ local people, and they help our high streets thrive.
Start-ups and micro-businesses are increasing in the UK every year, with many flourishing and employing more workers. They are the backbone of the economy, and being responsive and adaptive to change, they are the most likely to succeed versus more traditional companies. A huge amount of planning goes into developing a business, but if it’s something you’ve always dreamed of, now might not be a bad time to try.
This editorial is by Emma @ Los Social Ltd
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