Starting your own freelancing business can be an exciting time in your career but it can also be a little overwhelming. You have to make tons of decisions, learn about areas that are out of your comfort zone and get some clients.
Now, I’m not an expert at setting up a freelance business as I have only had to do it once -thankfully. But I had to juggle a lot of tasks that were out of my comfort zone. I also have plenty of friends and clients that have set up their own business and have seen first-hand the struggles.
First there are the admin tasks and templates you need to get started. Then the decisions you need to make about your offers and prices and type of business you are going to run.
But before you can make these decisions and start the admin tasks you have to do your research. Research any competitors, markets, your audience, software you may use and networking events you could attend.
How are you going to run your accounts, are you going to use software? Will you need any contracts to work with your prospective clients or possibly an NDA? How about public liability insurance?
Ok, you are nearly there. Now you need to get some clients, this could involve marketing – argh another area to learn.
Don’t see starting your own business as an impossible task and don’t be discouraged. The beauty of most of these new tasks, is that you only have to do it once and then you can move on to the next task.
Remember nothing is set in stone, you can change your prices or the software you use or even the contracts you use.
Once you have gone through setting up your business and have some clients – you can start learning how to deal with them!
If you want help in going through the process of setting up your own freelance business, visit our freelancer’s checklist!
- The Freelancer’s Checklist
- 10 Steps On How To Budget As a Freelancer
- Should I Charge an Hourly Rate for My Freelancing Services?
- 10 Practical Tips to be a Successful Freelancer
- Could You Create a Service Package for your Clients?