If you’re considering taking the plunge or perhaps being pushed, here are some top tips on preparing for self-employment:
Business tips for becoming self employed
Get organised - Make computer files, buy some fancy stationery and set up a spreadsheet to help with finances. Be strict about saving receipts and invoices and make time for admin. Tackle the tax head on!
Go on courses - If you’re being made redundant you’re entitled to some support and retraining. Go on some courses to learn your new trade, get your CV up to date and in line with current trends. I review and update my CV every month to make sure it’s bang up to date.
Research your field and competitors - Read blogs like this one and books about what other freelancers do.
Get networking - Check in with your current contacts but make new ones by going to networking meetings. Try Meetup or Eventbrite for events in your area and join in with social media. I’ve picked up invaluable contacts and even work through Twitter. Just make sure you don’t don’t too much time on social media when you should be working!
Look to the future - Always look around for the next project even when you’re busy. Review progress and write plans and targets. Every now and then I jot down loads of ideas for drumming up business on a big piece of paper. I put it all down, no matter how out of reach the ideas seem. Some come to fruition and some are just ideas but it helps me focus.
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Originally graduating with a degree in geography from Edinburgh University, Keir claims that he was then tricked into becoming an accountant by one of the UK's top 5 accountancy practices.The deception extended to the usual training in audit and associated activities.
Keir subsequently worked in a number of advisory roles with clients including in the energy trading, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors.
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When not debiting or crediting, Keir has a penchant for fixing old buildings, skiing, surfing and cycling.
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