The higher the building, the stronger the foundations needed. Here are three actions to take to 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 or falling out of love with your employment can all give your business plans impetus.
It's also important for us to have a lifestyle in mind that we're moving towards.
If you are producing a written plan for your funding provider, bank or programme, they won't be interested in the long-term dreams and desires you have for your life. Yet these are going to keep you inspired and moving forward through all the ups and downs ahead.
Your vision also provides the context for key decisions you need to make in your business. Along the way there will be temptations and seductions. Having your destination in mind will ensure the choices you make are aligned with your priorities.
The graphic gives 7 ways to clarify your vision. You could take yourself into nature to do this, explore your vision with free flow writing, make a visual representation (like a collage) or come to one of our Creative Planning Away Days (get in touch for details of the next one).
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?
I'd encourage you to make a timetable and set boundaries so you, and those around you know your working pattern. The aim is for you to be fully engaged in the activity you have chosen, not half-heartedly multitasking or constantly feeling you 'should' be doing something else.
Self care is also very important during times of change, make sure there's time allocated for that too.
Perhaps you have some space you can allocate at home or another favourite place to work?
For a fresh start, de-cluttering to create your workspace feels great. You might put together a 'work station' you can bring out and set up quickly. The ritual of going into or setting up your space is part of you getting fully into your new business role
Assuming your business is not yet bringing in money, it's good to keep costs low at this point. Experiment with what you can gather easily and then put purchasing further equipment that you discover is needed, into your Business Plan.
I explain more about the three actions in this short video...
3. Gather Your Team
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.
Who do you know with relevant experience that you can talk to? Who has expertise in different areas of business? What on-line forums and groups might be useful? My Facebook Group Self Employed Life is great for mutual support, inspiration and relevant business information.
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.
Looking at free content from Coaches and training providers will help you identify who you can turn to for further help when it is needed. Of course I hope you've found this blog useful and will get in touch to explore the help I offer.