Why You Should Start Freelancing?

There are a thousand and one reasons to go freelance: no more bosses, schedules or accounts. However, it is better to be well prepared. Here you will find 10 tips that will allow you to limit the risks associated with starting your business.
You are reading this article because you have decided to join the adventure of self-employment. There are a thousand and one reasons  to go freelance  : no more bosses, schedules or accounts. However, it is better to be well prepared. Here you will find 10 tips that will allow you to limit the risks associated with starting your business.

1 - Being the head of your own business

Being a freelancer means being  the boss of your own business . No one is there to pressure you anymore. You will therefore have to motivate yourself to produce quality work on your own. Why ? When you work for yourself, the stakes are different. You understand that you are the sole guarantor of rendering and that the smooth running of your missions  directly impacts your reputation and your wallet . While it can duplicate your motivation and involvement, it can add extra pressure to you as well. We will have to learn to manage it. So for each mission, establish precise specifications in order to start your work quickly and without having to multiply unnecessary exchanges.

2 - Be ready to go freelance

Working as a freelance requires rigor and organization that is much more important than paid work. We will have to  be organized from the start . It is therefore very risky to start freelancing without preparation. Do not run to the commercial register before having carefully studied your project . Start by researching your market well. This will give you more visibility as to the feasibility of your idea and allow you to adapt your offer. It is an important site which will require you a few hours of work, which will be largely recovered later.

3 - Learn every day

Being a freelancer allows you to be much less restricted in the types of tasks that will fill your days. You can choose to  specialize in a specific area . Or overnight decide to go explore new horizons. It is by experimenting that you will make your choices and find what you like. Throughout your activity, you must constantly consider yourself in a period of learning. This will allow you to  develop your skills  and enrich your profile. You can take certifying training, MOOCs (massive open online course) or attend webinars or workshops related to your activity. You no longer have to ask for authorization so no more excuses, save yourself some time!

4 - Manage your professional expenses

When you start your freelance business, you no longer see VAT (value added tax) in the same way. These three letters on the invoices take on a whole new meaning. Why ? On a daily basis, you will have to invoice this tax, but also to have it refunded. The time will also come when you will have to  declare your resources  in the context of income tax. Deducting your business  expenses  will allow you, if you meet the conditions, to pay lower income tax. You must therefore get used to  keeping all invoices  related to expenses dedicated to your professional activity.

5 - Network to go further

Building and maintaining your professional network is an activity in its own right in the daily life of a freelance. You will have to get into the habit of meeting people  who have the same activity as you or work in the same sector. This has three major advantages: create relationships, learn more about your business and be able to reach potential customers. In practice, the options available to you are multiple and complementary. This can involve the integration of a network of freelancers , a lunch with a freelance who works in the same sector as you or a workshop linked to your activity. Logically, this step is part of your overall communication strategy.

6 - Organize time management

Going freelance allows you to live an adventure in which you alone are the hero. And this is a significant asset. You are free to  manage your time  and organize yourself as you see fit. If at first it seems easy, you will quickly gain skills. Experience will certainly allow you to choose the missions that interest you the most and negotiate your price. But this can also lead you to have to organize yourself  between different missions , more or less important. From the start, you have to learn to organize your time using the method that suits you best. You can for example create a schedule in Excel or Google Calendar.

7 - Adjust your loads on time

Being your own boss doesn't only have advantages and you will now be responsible for paying various social security  contributions . These charges are determined by your status and your income. You need to take care of it regularly. You need to know what to declare (income, expenses, turnover?), How often (per month, quarter, year?) And to which organization to pay it (URSAFF, RSI…). Please note, you are exposed to various fines in the event of non-payment. To be more serene in the face of this administrative aspect and waste less time carrying out these procedures, being part of a  community of freelancers  like the cream of the crop is a significant asset.

8 - Be aware of the expenses related to your activity

Going freelance does not involve the same expenses for all professions. Some activities do not require significant investment: a simple computer and an Internet connection will suffice. For others,  the price of operating expenses can rise very quickly  : hardware, software, transport, office rentals, etc. Also take into account the fact that during your first months of activity, you risk earning less than what you spend. It is a calculation not to be neglected.

9 - Choosing the right place of work

As we have seen, self-employment allows you to be free in many aspects. Thus, starting a freelance also allows you to  choose your place of work . It is you, again on this point, who is master of the game. A beach, a café terrace, a chalet in the mountains, in an apartment: the list is long and  the possibilities endless . It all depends on your personality. Pick a place that you love and where you feel productive. Coworking spaces are developing all over the world. The advantage of this type of place is that in addition to working among other people, you can build relationships that are both personal and professional. In addition, coffee is often free and unlimited!

10 - Being a freelancer doesn't mean working alone

As we have already seen, starting a freelance does not mean giving up all professional relationships. This assumption should be kept in mind on a daily basis and especially at the beginning. It is not necessarily obvious where to start to  ask for help, who to contact ,  what to report . It should be kept in mind that there are many organizations that can support you, such as the chamber of trades in your department. On a practical level, for example, they can help you  choose the most suitable options  or help you in your search for customers. It is also important to be surrounded by people you trust. To talk about your project, in the event of a temporary decline in motivation or to get feedback. We were talking about networking in our point # 5. If you want to be part of the  first selective freelance community  in Europe and help find the best jobs , register quickly on the crème de la crème platform.

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