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5 Things To Consider Before Starting A Freelance Career

By Scarlett @BubbleJobs

Are you sick of working for someone else? Do you want to get away from travelling through rush hour traffic every morning? Well a freelance career could be just what you’re looking for – you can work where you want, when you want and work with who you want.

So you’ve probably read that and thought that a freelance career is perfect for you but it doesn’t always suit everyone. It can be stressful going on your own so you need to make sure you think about it carefully before you hand in your notice to your boss. To make the decision a little easier we’ve come up with five things to consider before starting a freelance career.

Are You At The Right Stage In Your Career?

If you’ve been used to working under somebody then moving to a career in freelance can be a big step up. One of the most important things to consider is whether you’re ready or not –  if you’re going to be offering a service then you need to make sure that you’re a specialist in that area. If you’re still in your office job then it might be worth evaluating how reliant you are on your colleagues –  if you think you’d struggle then it might be worth reconsidering your decision.

Have You Got A Plan In Place?

It’s all well and good handing your notice in ready to launch a freelance career but you need to make sure you’ve got some kind of plan in place. Establishing a client base is the most important thing because if you don’t have customers then you won’t have any money.

Something else you need to prepare for is the amount of admin you’ve got to do – you’ll have to look after your accounts and your holiday and sick pay. You need to make sure you’ve got some kind of plan in place – you don’t want to have to go back to your boss with your tail between your legs because you’ve been a little hasty.

Have You Saved Some Money?

Setting up a business will have some costs involved and a lot of new businesses are renowned for having quiet periods especially at the start. So it’s important that you’ve got some savings in place to avoid falling at the first hurdle – before you begin it’s important to work out your financial situation and don’t forget to be realistic!

Are You Prepared For Busy And Drought Periods?

Following on from my last point you need to be prepared for extremely busy periods and some very quiet times. It’s the way businesses works unfortunately, but as long as you save a bit of money for those quieter times you’ll be fine. A really important thing to remember if you’re starting out is to always be prepared – this way you’ve got nothing to worry about when you go through those quiet times.

Have You Got A Plan B?

Sometimes things don’t quite go to plan that’s why it’s always good to have a plan B in place. So have a good think about what you would do if the worst case scenario occurred and you couldn’t carry on as a freelancer. This way if it does happen you’re not going to find yourself lost and unsure as to what you’re going to do.

So there we go; some things to consider before starting a freelance career – good luck!

3 Comments

  1. pranit patil

    excellent and informative blog! I have read your blog and it gives me valuable information on how as freelancer you should consider these five things. As a new freelancer its always great to know about the things which you need to consider before starting freelancing.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. Rahul Ekbote

    Great advice for those people who are willing to go as a freelancer and on similar note i would like to add one point here while doing business with clients do written agreements it will be beneficial for you in case clients hesitates while paying you.
    Thank You.

  3. Mansi Kadu

    I have just dropped on this page and read the info you have shared with us. The blog is really very helpful. Excellence provided. Keep sharing!

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