No one wants to have a boss. The ideal work environment is one where you get to call the shots and you get to make your own schedule. The dream is to work your job around your life. Many of us don’t have the skill set to do such a thing as strike out on our own, but you do have that skill set, which is why you are striking out on your own. As you work closer to living your dream life, here are four things to consider and have in place before you take that big leap.
This one is a no-brainer, but you wouldn’t believe how many people strike out with very little money. Can it be done on a dime? Of course. Do you want to take that risk? Probably not. Before you take step one, make sure you have all of your financial ducks in a row. Set a time goal of when you need to make a certain amount of money and make sure you can cover yourself during that time in the event that money does not come in right away. Having this cushion is vital in case your plan needs to be tweaked for reworked.
Are You Covered?
You will find that when clients start hiring you, they may ask for an insurance certificate. A business insurance certificate allows your clients to know that if there are any bumps, mistakes, or accidents while you are doing work for them, you are covered and fully insured. Not every freelance career requires one, so research if you are in one of those industries that should have one and make sure you have the certificate and all of your papers in order before you consider taking on your first client.
A Great Workspace
You may be able to work from home or you may need to find a workspace elsewhere. If you are working from home, make sure you are choosing a space in your home where you can have peace and quiet to create and work without distractions. Make your space vibrant and organized so that you will feel inspired and energized. If you can’t work from home, there are several workspaces you can join where you can feel like you’re going to the office, but you are choosing when to go, where in the space you want to work, and you still come and go as you please. These spaces also come with great amenities like food, coffee, and conference rooms.
Gather Your Tools
We take a lot of things for granted in the office like computers, printers, and an endless supply of paper. Before you start working for yourself, make sure you have all the tools you will need to be successful. Make a list of all that you need and make it part of your business budget. That way, once you get your first client, you are ready to get to work right away and produce great results immediately.