Personal trainer Carl Rein says being independent has freed him up to spend more time with his family.
Giving up on a teaching career was one of the best decisions Wellington personal trainer Carl Rein said he made.
The freelance gym enthusiast spent eight years working as a high school teacher in England and could feel burned out, so when he returned to New Zealand he decided to leave it behind.
“I had gotten to the point of teaching where I was aware that I was starting to burn out.
“I didn’t want to close the door on teaching – it was something I loved, it was just a case where I knew if I didn’t take the opportunity to return to New Zealand to explore a new career then I could have found myself in a situation where I had to quit teaching because I couldn’t take it anymore,” Rein said.
He took a part-time personal training course in the evenings and on weekends, adapting to study by caring for his young family during the day while his wife worked full-time.
In the three years now that he’s been self-employed, the Oni Personal Training studio-based gym trainer says much of the fulfillment he’s gotten from teaching is also in his job. of personal trainer.
“I have an eight-year-old and a five-year-old. With a young family, if a child is sick and can’t go to school, it’s relatively easy for me to contact the person I’m working with that day and reschedule my family, and put them first , compared to my experience teaching in the UK, unless hell was freezing I had to be there.
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Rein said he liked the flexibility of being self-employed and being able to set his own working hours.
Looking back, he said it was a lot easier to be self-employed than he thought.
“Cons, you don’t get vacation or sick pay, but the pros for me are huge. I set my own hours, I spend more time with my family, I feel like I have a lot more control over what I have to do and who I work with. I have a lot more freedom of choice and I get what I invest because it’s my business; if I put in a lot of hours, I get the rewards.
Rein is believed to be one of tens of thousands of New Zealanders in recent years who have moved from a 9-to-5 job or wage labor in favor of being their own boss.
Self-employed traders make up almost 20% of New Zealand’s workforce, around 400,000 people, and include self-employed self-employed traders, creatives, healthcare professionals and consultants.
Accounting software company Hnry said its own business had tripled in size this year alone and was attracting more and more clients who had become self-employed.
“It’s something we started to see in early 2020 when Covid hit,” Hnry chief executive James Fuller said.
“A lot of people who aren’t sure about their future are looking to take a little more control over how they win.”
In 2020, there was a surge of Kiwis turning to self-employment largely due to layoffs due to Covid-19 pandemic disruptions and lockdowns.
However, in recent months, more Kiwis have moved into self-employment in anticipation of more layoffs in the expected recession, Fuller said.
“A lot of people say that freelancing gives me control and flexibility to go out and reduce the risk of how they earn.”
This year, Henry had hired more than 70,000 new independent traders.
“It has never been easier for people to earn a freelance income and many people are looking ahead to the next year and starting to make plans, both with salaried or full-time employment,” he said. he declares.
“We’re seeing a real acceleration in the number of people looking to get into self-employment – the pandemic has really pushed things and we haven’t seen any slowdown. People are realizing that it’s very easy to get out and to earn money independently and they seek out opportunities to apply their skills in a number of different areas to earn a good income.
Hnry launched in Australia early last year and said the same trend had accelerated across Tasman.
Rein said making the leap into freelance work was scary at first.
“Once you’re there, it’s actually a lot easier than it looks from the outside. It’s just about finding your way.