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If becoming self-employed is your ultimate dream, you have big dreams, and I applaud you for that! Becoming self-employed is a huge accomplishment that can change the trajectory of your life. It’s a huge change too, though, and it’s wise to ask yourself the question, “What should I know before becoming self employed?”
This exciting step in your career journey will go much more smoothly if you prepare yourself first. That’s why you should consider the following list of things to know before becoming self-employed.Want to be your own boss? Here are a few things you should do before kissing that steady paycheck goodbye! Click To Tweet
Steps to Working for Yourself
If you are currently working a typical job, especially if you are unhappy in the said job, it can be tempting to jump ship and go all in. That’s why you need to be sure to have all of your ducks in a row before you leap.
How Many Clients to Be Self-Employed?
Before deciding on starting a business, be sure that your idea will be a profitable one. Many people do this by working their business as a side hustle before cutting the cord at their current job.
Starting a side hustle like this before you quit your job is excellent for a couple of reasons:
- You will find out if your service or product is one that people need and will spend money on.
- You will get an idea of what it will be like to run this business.
- It’s a great way to save up some money before saying goodbye to a paycheck.
How Much Money You Will Need Before Being Self-Employed in USA?
Before becoming self-employed, you need to know how much money it will take. While this seems like a straightforward question, it’s more complex than that.
You need to look at all of the various reasons you need to have enough money available.
- How much overhead your potential business may require (supplies, facilities, etc.).
- Living expenses for yourself in case your business takes a while to get off the ground.
- What happens if you get sick or injured? Purchasing insurance like income protection can ensure you can still pay your bills if something bad were to happen.
Are Their Local Laws that Will Prevent Your Business Opening?
Are you planning on working from home? Do you have a separate space picked out?
Be sure and look into your local ordinances to ensure that operating a business is legal in your location.
Have you Filled Out the Right Self-Employment Paperwork?
If your local or state government requires that you register your business, be sure to do that in advance. If you plan to have an LLC, make sure to find the correct form to fill out (or hire professional help).
While you are doing the paperwork part of things, it’s also wise to look into hiring an accountant, starting a business banking account, etc.
Is Your Personality Suited to Being a Business Owner?
The thing about being a business owner is that you genuinely need to have the right personality for it.
Here are the questions you need to ask yourself before starting your business.
- Are you a self-starter? (if you don’t have the motivation to start, you won’t get anywhere)
- Are you self-disciplined? (you can’t blow off work for fun stuff when you are the one responsible for the business)
- Are you comfortable with the idea of having an unstable income? (many people need to have the stability of a regular paycheck, but when starting a business, this stability isn’t often an option)
How to Be Successful Self-Employed?
Planning is essential to any successful venture. If you sit down and plan out your business, you are less likely to leap only to find yourself in an unexpected situation.
Create your business plan by figuring out what services or products you will be offering, what customers you will be targeting, how much money you will need.
It’s also wise to chat with other people in the industry to hear about their experiences with this business so you can add even more potential issues to your plan.
Are You Prepared to Work a Lot?
Most of the time, when you start a new business, you can expect to work a lot. Companies take a lot of work to get off of the ground, so it is wise to prepare yourself for this.
Regardless of what people may think, being self-employed is not just sitting around binge-watching Netflix. Being self-employed is hard work, but it is rewarding work. You can do this!
Have you ever wanted to be self-employed?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.