The cost of living is a hot-button issue in the UK and a lot of people are worried about it.
In the last two years, a huge rise in the cost of buying food and other essentials, combined with the government’s decision to reduce the amount of money it spends on social care, has been making life much more difficult for the many self-employment workers in the country.
It is estimated that around 6.5 million people are self-sufficient in the public sector, but the number of people who work in self-help has almost halved in the last 15 years.
The number of self-workrs in the workforce has also fallen by more than 30% in the past five years.
And while some of the people who have found their way into the self help sector are struggling to find a job, others are finding work through the self service sector.
As a result, the UK’s self-managers are now facing a growing challenge from a whole range of organisations.
« We have seen a lot more self-management and self-service businesses, » says Simon Pemberton, chief executive of the National Self-Help Association, a trade body for self-managed businesses.
« In the last 10 years, we have seen an explosion of self management and self service businesses coming into the market.
It’s a really exciting time to be in the industry. »
The rise in self service companies There are currently over 600 self-assured self-services across the UK, with over 20,000 businesses registered with the National Association of Self-Managers (Nasmo), which has seen a huge surge in registrations over the last year.
Nasmo is the biggest self-maintained self-serve company in the world and it is estimated there are over 6,000 self-preserving businesses registered in the United Kingdom, according to the association.
But for self service professionals, it is a much bigger market than for the typical business.
« There are so many different businesses that self-support, whether it’s self service, self-care, self education, self assistance, self marketing, self development, » says Mr Pembertons.
« They’re all very different businesses. »
The self-sabotage comes from a lack of trust The rise has been linked to the changing face of the workplace, as more people are looking for ways to self-regulate.
Self-managed companies are increasingly seen as the only viable option for many people in the workplace.
« When you have a workplace where you feel like you can do your own self-recovery, you don’t need a lot, you can’t have too many, » says Ms Taylor.
« You can do it the self way, which is by self management. »
The shift from an employee-dominated environment to a self-run and self managed business has also brought with it a shift in the nature of self help services.
« Self-help is now a very important and popular service in the economy, » says Sam Taylor, an associate professor of sociology at Cardiff University.
« I think self-reliance is becoming more important, and there are more people looking to self manage their lives. »
The new reality is that it is not easy to find the right self-regulation The latest statistics show that in England and Wales, there were 5,200 self-regulated self-organised businesses operating in 2014.
« The number of businesses with self-control in the self management sector is more than doubling since the 1990s, and it has doubled in the same period, » says Nasmo’s Mr Piberton.
Self management is also increasingly seen in the corporate world.
« It’s very much part of the corporate culture in the sense that it’s seen as an acceptable way to operate, » says Pembertson.
« If you’ve got a management style where people are able to self regulate and self manage themselves, then self-government becomes a very attractive way of doing things. »
But for those in the business of self service there is a growing number of challenges.
« As we’ve seen, self management is not always the best business model, » says Adam Fogg, managing director of Self Help and Self Management, a self help organisation based in Nottingham, UK.
« A lot of businesses are starting to recognise that and try to work out what’s the best way to do it. »
He says self-resourcing self-policing, self help support, self service for young people and self assistance for people with disabilities have all become more mainstream.
« People are starting more and more to self assist, which means that they’re self-setting a little bit more and less often, » he says.
« That’s the new norm. »
And although self-administration is becoming the norm, it isn’t necessarily the best option.
« Many people do find self-administering too much work, » says Nadam Khan, an economist and self help advocate based in London.
« For people who