In my post last week (Are you thinking of going freelance?), I posed ten questions which would help you decide whether the freelancing life is for you.
If you’ve made up your mind to take the plunge, here are ten tasks you need to undertake in order to get started:
- Think of a name for your business. (Is the url available? You can check it here.)
- Buy the domain name before anyone else can snap it up (I use Namecheap).
- Write your marketing plan.
- Find a designer who will devise your personal brand for you. This will need to be applied to your business cards, stationery templates, website etc.
- Get your website designed, written, built and hosted.
- Set up an email account which includes your new company name.
- Kit out your home office.
- Ask your friends and work contacts if they can recommend a good accountant.
- Get some watertight terms and conditions drawn up.
- Read my post on sorting out all the administrative tasks (insurance, business bank account etc).
This list might look a bit daunting – especially if you’re still in full-time employment. But take one task at a time and make sure you give yourself enough time to complete each activity before you leave your job. Then you’ll be all set to hit the ground running on your first day – when you’ll finally be your own boss.
If you’re new to freelancing you might want to have a read of my free report “21 Freelance Challenges and how to Overcome Them”. Simply fill in your email address in the right hand side bar opt-in form and you’ll be sent a link to download the report.