You Want to be Self-Employed?
That’s great! But where do you begin?
First, it’s best to get advice from people who have been there, done that. Pick the brains of the knowledgeable folks at SCORE. They can answer most questions about going into business and save you a great deal of time and effort in the process.
Next, in order to know how much to charge for services, you’ll need to consider how many years of experience, training and expertise you have. Then find out what competitors (with similar qualifications) charge for the same service. Don’t underpay, or overprice yourself. Being the cheapest person doesn’t mean it’ll be great for business. Be clear with clients what you are providing and approximately how much time you’ll be spending on them to complete a job. Let them know if you need more time than they want to pay for, don’t paint yourself into a corner. Of course, it’s always best to carefully consider each job, what it will take to complete, so you won’t constantly be coming up short (which could signal you aren’t pricing a job correctly).
Then, network with the right people on LinkedIn and business associations related to what you want to do. Ask questions, seek quality advice, find out how successful people got their start. Let them know what you want do, listen carefully to what they say, ask if you may contact them if you have more questions.
If you need funding for start-up costs, try these two sites: Kickstarter.com and Crowdfunding.com.
Being your own boss is exciting, but it also involves a great deal of careful planning, working very hard for what you want, building a name for yourself by providing for your clients and receive repeat business and referrals.