'How do I get into independent work?’ It doesn’t sound like it involves getting a degree and steeping yourself in a lifetime of debt, then slaving yourself to death answering to a boss five days a week...that's what they say is the only route to success, right? Well, you might learn some valuable skills and have some incredible experiences in university but now, more than ever, this is being less appreciated by employers. With more competition than ever in the workforce and a work-life balance becoming a bigger concern for Millenials and Gen Z, it's time to work smarter, not harder. With these tips, you can get your feet wet in independent work by utilising your passion and skills instead of having to explain yourself to a tricky interviewer. Here, we've compiled some of the best tips and essential knowledge - a dummy's guide, if you will - on how to get into independent work and become the boss of your own life... and no, you don't need a degree to prove yourself to yourself!