The higher the building, the stronger the foundations needed.
Here are three actions to take to cut through the overwhelm and ensure you are building your Self Employed life on firm ground.
Perhaps some circumstances are propelling you towards Self Employment? Redundancy, feeling you are lacking money and/or time or falling out of love with your employment can all give your business plans impetus.
It is also important for us to have a lifestyle in mind that we're moving towards. We want to ensure our Business is aligned with our passions so we give ourselves the best chance of success and fulfilment.
If you are producing a written plan for your funding provider, bank or sponsored training programme, they're unlikely to be interested in the long-term dreams and desires you have for your life. Yet these are going keep you inspired and moving forward through all the ups and downs ahead.
When and where will you work on these plans and your business set-up?
The chances are your time is already full so what are you going to stop-doing or do-less, in order to find time for this?
Perhaps you have some space you can allocate at home or another favourite place to work?
Who do you need to get on-board to smooth the way into Self Employment, family, friends key collaborators?
Some will love being involved from the outset and have creative ideas and practical support to offer. Others are best briefed after you have all the facts and figures to hand. At the least, those you are close to will need to be aware of the space clearing above.
This is also the time to identify any local resources available to business start-ups, training programmes, mentoring schemes and/or grants. You can get my Self Employment Checklist to see all the areas you'll need to think through.