Sick and tired of working hard to make someone else rich doing a job you don’t even enjoy that much anyway? You’re definitely not a lone. There are millions of people out there who hate their job, and you know what, millions of them have decided to make the change and set up their own businesses completely on their own.
This might seem like a scary prospect, but becoming a solopreneur in the 21st Century isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think, Sure, it isn’t a bed or roses, and you will need to take a leap of faith, but if you have a good idea and you want to work for yourself, it is possible, and here are some things that will help you to make it a success:
Work Hard on a Business Plan
You can’t just quit your job, set up a website or print some business cards and get started. Even if you are an independent solopreneur, you need money, and you need to know that your idea has legs. That’s why you need to sit down and work seriously hard on creating a business plan. When you do this, you can see how viable your idea really is and, hopefully, get some financial assistance from the bank, an angel investor or a platform like Kickstarter to get things off the ground.
Use Virtual Services
If you’re a one-woman operation, then chances are paying for your own office space is not exactly an economic decision. However, working from home can give the impression that your business is not as serious or capable as the competition. One way to get around this is by using virtual services which will give you access to your own receptionist, a professional business address and a few other perks. Look into them if you want to build respect while you build your business.
You might be running your business as a solopreneur, but if you don’t ant to run yourself into the ground and you do want to ensure that every aspect of your business is being run as well as it can possibly be, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little help from time to time in the form of freelancers. Freelancers can do everything from designing your website and filling it with content to helping you with the accounts, so don’t even think twice about using them when you need to. There are lots of great ones out there, as long as you stick with them, it should work out fine.
Focus on the Important Stuff
You are only one person, and even if you are using freelancers to help you out from time to time, you only have so many hours in the day. That’s why it’s so important you nail down which aspects of your business are most critical. By knowing which tasks (speaking to clients, improving products, blogging, etc.) make the most difference to your business by making you the most money and boosting your reputation, you can then focus on them when time is of the essence and avoid missing out because you were doing something that really didn’t matter as much.