If a year of working remotely has made you dream of a permanent life away from the office, maybe it’s time to think of going freelance. There are more potential benefits to freelancing than just the freedom from office gossip and train delays of course, with 67% of freelancers earning the same or more than they did in their full-time jobs while working less.
But it’s still a big leap to go from regular reliable income to the unknown world of a freelancer. Luckily Zen Business has put together a guide to help you decide if it’s the right time for you to make that move and also what you need to do before you do it.
For example, it’s essential before you quit your day job that you’ve got your finances in order to act as a safeguard if you find it slow going to get the money coming in. At the very least, setting up a separate business bank account will help you keep track of your income and expenditure.
Of course, ideally, you’d be safeguarding yourself from money troubles by having clients lined up before you step away from full-time employment, so get hitting sites like Upwork and Guru to make a start on your freelance career beforehand.
Another way to achieve this is to get networking to build relationships that can take you into your new life, as even if they don’t have any work for you straight away, they can be a useful contact for sharing your details and liking your social media posts.
Beyond that, you need to consider the practicalities, like where you’ll be working. You may want to keep on going with working from home, but you might also decide to switch to a hot-desking or co-working space, which both offer a lot more networking opportunities than you’ll find in your kitchen.
Freelancing can be a scary world to jump into as well as one that offers great rewards, so check out more of these tips to get you ready to say goodbye to the 9-5 for good.