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If you’re thinking about starting a freelance business but you’re unsure where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’ve been thinking about starting your own business for years or you’ve had a great idea that you think you can make work, you need to ensure you’re as prepared as you can possibly be. Luckily, there are lots of questions you can ask yourself to ensure you’re as prepared as you can be. From setting yourself goals to finding your first clients, the more you’re preparing in advance the better. With that in mind, here are 14 things to consider before going freelance:
– Do You Have Any Goals For Your First Year?
One of the first things you need to think about when it comes to starting your own freelance business is whether or not you have any goals for the year. Although your goals may be small to begin with, having something to motivate you can be incredibly beneficial during your first year of operation. Whether your goal is to turn a profit, to grow to a certain number on social media or to add another product to your range before the year is over, writing these goals down can make the world of difference. For a guide to setting goals as a business, you can visit this site here.
– When Do You Need To Hand Your Notice In?
If you’re currently working for someone and you’re planning on starting your freelance business soon, you need to think about when you’re going to hand your notice in. Although you can run your business alongside a 9-5 job, knowing when you’re ready to go it alone is essential. Ideally, you need to be at a stage when you’re absolutely positive you can pay all of your bills without having the comfort of your monthly wages. It can take some time to get there but when you do, you’ll feel incredible.
If you don’t want to hand your notice in right away, you may want to consider asking if you can drop down to part-time hours instead.
– What Will Your Business Be Doing?
Another important thing to consider when it comes to going freelance is what your business is going to be doing, as this is how you’re going to ensure you’re a success. Whether you’re making your own products or offering services to local businesses, having a clear idea of what your business will be doing to earn money is vital. The best way to be sure you know exactly what you’re going to be doing within your business is to create a business plan.
Although it can take time, having a business plan will really benefit your business as you grow. As well as detailing the ins and outs of your business, your business plan will also be a way to measure your progress over the years. If possible, it should be reviewed as often as possible. For a guide to writing a business plan, you can visit this site here.
– Do You Have Any Clients Or Customers Yet?
Once you have started making plans for your business, you need to think about whether or not you have any clients or customers. Although you may not be able to manage a lot of clients and customers whilst still doing your 9-5 job, it is worth building up a small list of people you can rely on as you set up your business. Whether you’re offering out free products and services in return for testimonials or you’re bringing long-term clients on board for the first time, you need to ensure you have enough clients to cover your costs in the first few months.
– How Will You Find Clients And Customers?
Speaking of clients and customers, you need to think about how you’re going to be attracting business. Whether you put together a strong social media strategy or you attend local events looking for connections, your business won’t run with clients and customers.
If you’re struggling to find people who are interested in your business and what you have to offer, it may be worth speaking to a professional who can help. They will be able to take a look at what you’re currently doing, giving you any advice you may need to help you grow as a business.
– Do You Have Enough Money For Start-Up Costs?
Another important thing to consider is whether or not you have enough money for start-up costs. Although you may not need a lot to set up your business, to begin with, you need to think about any other expenses you may need to cover. When it comes to starting your own business, you want to aim to have at least 6 months salary saved up just in case. Although you will be earning money on a daily basis as a freelancer, you need to ensure you have those funds just in case. If you don’t have this amount, you need to ensure you have enough to cover your day-to-day bills. For tips and tricks when it comes to funding your start-up business, you can visit this site here.
– Will You Stick To A Work Schedule?
One of the hardest things about starting your own business is having the motivation and determination to work when you are your own boss. Although you will find it exciting at first, it’s easy to become distracted when you are in control of your own schedule.
Although it can be difficult, the best thing to do in this situation is to create a schedule that you can easily follow. Whether this means tracking the number of hours you’re working or creating a time table that you follow each and every week, the more strict you are with yourself the better. For guidance on how to calculate work hours, you can visit this site here.
– Do You Have Everything You Need?
It’s also important to think about whether or not you have everything you need. From a personal planner or diary to the equipment needed to make your products, you won’t be able to start your business unless you have absolutely everything. If you’re struggling, you might want to spend a couple of months in the build-up to the launch of your business buying the items that you need. Not only will it means you’re spreading the cost over a number of months but it also means you’re allowing yourself enough time to prepare.
– Where Will You Work?
Another important thing to consider is where you’re going to work, as you’ll no longer have an office to travel to each and every day. From working in a home office to visiting a co-working space, there are lots of different options for you to choose from. The best thing to do is to try out a couple of different locations, deciding which one is the best for you.
– How Often Will You Work?
Although you may need to work every single day in the early months of your business, the best thing about being your own boss is that you can control the hours that you’re working. If this is important to you, you may want to spend some time thinking about it before you get started. Whether you want Friday’s off or you only want to work during the mornings, you will have complete flexibility.
– Do You Need To Hire Any Staff?
Whilst it may take a couple of months, hiring a member of staff to help you within your business is a great step to take. Whether they’re helping you with your day-to-day admin or they’re working on your content and social media, having an extra pair of hands can really make a difference to the amount of work you’re getting done.
– Will You Be Building Your Own Website?
Another important thing to consider is whether or not you’re going to be building your own website. If you’re selling products online or offering services to other businesses, a website might be the best way to get your name out there. Whilst it can be expensive, it will be worth it in the end.
– How Will You Measure Your Success?
As your business starts to grow and you start to get into the swing of things, you need to consider how you’re going to measure your success. Whether it’s by making a profit or by increasing your website visitors, knowing how you want to succeed is important.
– Do You Have A Contingency Plan?
Finally, you need to think about whether or not you have a contingency plan in place. Although things are likely to go well, it’s important to know what you’re going to do if things do not go to plan.
Are you thinking of going freelance? What do you need to consider to ensure it is the right decision for you? How can you make the process as smooth as possible? Did we miss anything? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.