The number of self-employed people in the UK has rocketed in the past eight years, as more and more of us look to flex our entrepreneurial spirit.
But while being your own boss is rewarding in many ways – flexibility and freedom counting among the top draws – it does have its drawbacks.
No woman is an island, and setting out solo without the support of an organisation behind you can be daunting.
Luckily, a host of resources out there can fill the gap. Online communities and forums are brilliant for trading ideas and encouragement. And then there’s newsletters.
These, say Thomas Smale, founder of website brokerage company FE International, are “a treasure trove of information”.
“This is information you don't have to dig for and find yourself,” he writes in entrepreneur.com. “Someone else has done the work for you, and the only thing you have to do is make the time to consume the information so you can stay up to date in your industry and implement ideas that will help your company grow.”
No matter what your business, it’s becoming increasingly important to stay on top of evolving digital trends. Here are three newsletters that Smale recommends signing up to, that will help you do exactly that:
Keep up to speed with developments in the ever-changing tech world with this pithy, bite-sized weekly email. Charged promises to tell you what really matters “without the clickbait, noise or rumours”. It features insider tips from leaders at Google, Facebook, Twitter and more.
2. Raise The Bar
Smale suggests the Mattermark Daily newsletter for intel on “how specific operators are coping with challenges and building their businesses right now”. However, the same site also publishes Raise The Bar, a daily edit of topical posts on sales, marketing and business growth.
3. Startup Digest
A personalised and on-point newsletter about start-ups which is geo-located and lets you choose the type of information you receive, and how often. The tailored topics on offer here are vast, covering everything from crowdfunding to storytelling, food tech and women entrepreneurship.