Venturing into Self Employment? START HERE!Oct 01, 2020
There's so much we could do to prepare for our Self Employment but what's best for us to focus on at the very beginning?
Here are three actions to take to cut through the overwhelm and ensure you are building your Self Employed life on firm ground.
1. Clarify Your Whole Life Vision
Perhaps some circumstances are propelling you towards Self Employment? Redundancy, feeling you are lacking money and/or time, a bad boss 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 it's this compelling vision that's going keep you inspired and moving forward through all the ups and downs ahead.
2. Clear Your Space
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?
This 3.50 min video talks you through how to approach researching your business so you can make the most of your valuable time.
The video is an excerpt from live training in the 💗 My Self Employed Life Facebook group which goes on to talk about the 3 key areas to research and the dos and don'ts of each. To join the private group go to the link below and answer the 3 simple questions for access...
3. Gather Your Team of Supporters
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 so you can make your case. 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. In the UK your local Chamber of Commerce is a good starting point as is www.gov.uk.
Based on my experience of helping free spirited people go Self Employed whilst still paying the bills, the Fulfilling and Sustainable Self Employment Checklist helps you to see all the areas you'll need to think through and work on to create your business.
You may need to write a business plan for funding, a grant or to access training. Otherwise I find an action plan prompted by the Checklist to be a more practical approach.
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