You’ve decided that the corporate world is not for you and is now treading the path of self-employment. Indeed, being a freelancer has its pros and cons and there are necessary steps you must take if you hope to make a successful career out of it.
Some of the most successful freelancers have dedicated a lot of time and effort into their work, logging in countless hours of marketing, creating an arsenal of products and of course, working! Do you have what it takes?
Prepare your mindset
Self-employment may give you more control of your time, but that doesn’t mean you will have more free time to do anything you want. A proper mindset and self-discipline is needed to make success happen.
Know exactly what you have to offer
Self-employment is like starting your own business – and it all starts with that big idea. Evaluate your skills and resources and decide what service do can you offer best to your clients.
Learn to motivate yourself
It’s easy to fall into procrastination when you have nobody telling you that you need to work. Don’t fall into the trap of laziness and learn how to motivate yourself into working.
Write a business plan
Having a road map helps you reach your destination when you’re lost in a foreign land. A business plan is that essential tool when you begin your journey inside the world of self-employment.
Create your home office station
People are more efficient when they have a proper place to do their work, even if it’s just at home. Here are some tips on how to create your home office work space.
Decide on your business structure
You may be tempted to register a sole proprietorship business, but never forget to also consider other business structures. There are advantages of registering a partnership or a corporation, even if you’re just a one-man band.
Choose a business name
It may be tempting to just use your own name, but having a different and more descriptive business name for your services will help you in your branding and marketing efforts.
Get a health insurance policy
Don’t let an accident or a major illness take you to bankruptcy. Guard your health and your finances by getting medical coverage as soon as possible.
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