If you have found yourself on this page it’s likely that working for yourself has crossed your mind more than once and who could blame you? A chance to choose your own work, clients, how much money you make and all with the best boss – you! Find out below if you have what it takes.

Business acumen

No matter what industry you’re in, you need to have a good sense of business. There are plenty of people with talent and just as many with passion, but you won’t get far without business savvy. As your business grows you will be able to hire experts in accounting and marketing, but in the early days of working for yourself, you might need to wear many hats and make a lot of decisions outside of your normal expertise. Prepare for everything and brush up on your business knowledge so that you can make decisions with confidence.

Drive to get out of bed in the morning

Passion is a word easily thrown around in business but do you really have it? Working for yourself can sound like a dream but the reality could be burning the midnight oil more than once or twice. Is your desire to work for yourself enough to get you out of bed in the morning when no one else is holding you accountable? It’s a long road to success and you will need a lot of motivation to keep going before you see any benefits.

Confidence

A picture of confidence could be speaking in front of thousands, but when you work for yourself, confidence, when you are alone, is more important. Confidence that you are on the right track and the confidence to know when to change that track. In order to earn a living working for yourself, you’ll need to develop a thick skin and a strong sense of where you are going.

Client vision

Working for yourself, surprisingly, is not all about you! If you want to stay in business, then you’re going to need to keep your clients happy too, but this doesn’t mean letting them run all over you. You will need to be able to put yourself in your client’s shoes and find the outcome that serves you and your client’s vision. In the beginning, you won’t always get to pick your dream clients so keep an open mind and serve them professionally.

Communication skills

You are the expert in your business but that’s no good to anyone if you can’t communicate it. You need to communicate your business to get clients and it doesn’t stop there. When working with clients you need to be able to explain your process and your choices so that they trust in your work.

Thick skin

No matter how good you are, you’re not going to win everyone over. For one reason or another, your work might not measure up to the client’s expectations so learn to take criticism professionally and use it to fuel better results in the future. At the start, chalk it up to experience and grow from it, don’t take it personally.

Focus

Do you have a plan of what your business will look like in 6 months, 1 year or 5 years? Whilst there may be some pivotal points and adjustments in the direction of your business can be healthy, stay focussed on what’s important; don’t change your business idea every 5 minutes. Make sure you have a solid plan and focus on working towards it long enough to see results.

Ready to get started?

If you are currently employed, it’s tempting to get started on your business before handing in your notice, but this has to be done with a lot of planning. You will need to calculate how many hours you can realistically dedicate to your new business whilst considering your current work situation. You will need to schedule meetings or other forms of contact with clients outside of your regular working hours. It can be a lot to juggle alongside branding your new business.

If you think you’re ready to hit the ground running and need help to get your branding up to scratch, please contact me. I’d love to chat with you!