Going out on your own can be rewarding. You can work when you want and choose the jobs that make you happy. There is no more listening to a boss telling you what to do. However, now it is your responsibility to line up enough jobs to pay your bills. You are the only one who is going to make your business successful.
So, here are some tips for being a consultant or independent contractor.
- Treat it like a business. In order to be successful, you need to realize that you are in business for yourself. You need to put the time in to find jobs and complete them to the best of your ability. If you don’t consider it a business, you won’t spend enough time working to make it worthwhile.
- Don’t forget about the paperwork. Though you want to focus on making money, you need to keep up with your paperwork to ensure that your business is successful. Someone (you) needs to make sure that you are billing your customers and getting paid. You also need to keep track of your expenses. Doing this regularly will make it less stressful at tax time.
- Market, market, market. In order to be successful, you need to be constantly marketing your business, even when you are too busy to do it. Any people only focus on marketing when they are slow, which leads to busy times. Then, they don’t continue to look for new customers, which leads to slow times. In order to stay busy all of the time, you need to be constantly marketing your business.
In order to be a successful consultant or independent contractor, you need to treat it like a business. You need to be constantly looking for new work and give your customers what they want every time. However, you can’t forget about the paperwork – even if you just hire someone to help you with it!
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