At the beginning of each year, many of us diligently make resolutions hoping to feel happier and more fulfilled in the year ahead.

But 1 January isn’t the only day for resolution-making in a contractor’s diary. On 1 July, the new financial year begins, providing the perfect opportunity to identify ways you can be happier – and work more efficiently – in your job.

Now’s a great time to sharpen your skills, refresh your career goals and set resolutions that will change your contracting job for the better.

Feel part of the bigger picture

The independent workforce is ever-expanding – according to a study by Intuit, 40% of the workforce will be independent contractors by 2020. Yet, one of the key issues this presents is an increasing sense of isolation for contractors, who feel disconnected from their clients.

Everyone wants to feel a sense of belonging, whether it’s in our personal or professional lives. But due to the nature of contracting work, building meaningful relationships with clients, and connecting with industry peers and like-minded professionals, can prove a challenge.

Time for change

Any of the above ring a bell? You might love the work you do, but feeling isolated can take a hit on your morale, not to mention productivity. So, let this financial year be the one you do something about it – here are four top tips:

1. Refresh your goals

When setting your goals you ideally want to work on 3 work related and 3 personal goals. It makes sense to have one short-term (about 3 months), one mid-term (about 6 months) and one long-term (about 12 months) goal for every category.

2. Create an action plan

With your goals decided you then need to assess whether you need help achieving your goals (and from whom), what tools you will need and what you need to get there.

As a contractor we know advancing your skill set can be a great asset for your development. To achieve this in the new fiscal year signing up for a course can be a great start. Luckily the Talent Engage platform have you covered with a free 90-day skill development platform, which you can discover here on the Talent Engage partner offers page.

3. Find a co-working space

According to the Instant Group’s Global Cities Report, there were 18% more flexible workspaces across global cities in 2017 than in the previous year. If you spend a lot of time working at home, switching up your surroundings by renting a co-working space will help to combat feelings of loneliness. You get to enjoy the ‘buzz’ of an office, meet other professionals and may even work more efficiently – Deskmag and Deskwanted research cited by found that 74% of co-workers are more productive.

Talent is partners with several co-working spaces such as Tank Stream, Fishburners, Little Tokyo Two, Bizdojo and more. If you would like to get involved or learn more about these contact your consultant or the Engage team today.

4. Make more ‘me’ time

If your work is eating into your spare time and causing you to sacrifice your social life, it’s no wonder you’re feeling isolated. Enjoying downtime with friends and family is important for our wellbeing, so consider how you can achieve a better work-life balance moving forward – set strict rules with your working hours, take regular breaks, and don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel your workload is too much.

Talent International’s bespoke Engage platform can free up more of your time by streamlining your admin, thanks to its timesheet submission and approval, contract administration and document management functions. In an industry-first, the platform also has a loyalty program that rewards you for the great work you do – helping you to feel part of the bigger picture and improve your contracting life.

If you’d like to find out more, speak to the Talent team today.