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How do you make life more livable for the self-employed? This question has been at the center of the RSA’s research into Self-Employment for the past two years. 

One of the aspects that we wanted to draw more attention to was the connection between affluence and self-employment.

And so today, we launch a new short film: “Does it take money to make money?” We hope that by raising awareness of the problem, we can build momentum to help push forward changes that will allow self-employment to be a viable career option for more people.

We have also distilled the thinking from our past research into the new RSA Self Employment Charter which we also launch today. Crucially, the Charter has benefitted from input from Fellows of the RSA, who have fed into both the research underlying it as well as commented on the Charter itself.

We hope that people will share the video, and will find the Charter a useful document.  Our plan for this year is to try and turn some our recommendations into action.  We have already worked closely with the government review into Self Employment, holding a roundtable event that brought together Fellows, RSA experts, and other experts with a key official from the review. 

We now would like to ask Fellows to read the recommendations in the Charter and – if they agree with them – let us know whether they, or any of their contacts, could help bring them to life. Please email with your feedback. 

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