The Shift From Freelance To Full Time Entrepreneur: Part 2
Create A Good Business Plan
Every entrepreneur should have a business plan in place, regardless of the niche or industry you work in. This plan will detail your business goals, growth projections, potential earnings, necessary expenses, and more. If it doesn’t look good on paper, chances are it’s not going to be good in real life. Having a business plan will let you see if you are in fact on the right track with your new pursuit.
Most businesses don’t have a flawless startup. There are going to be some struggles along the way, and you need to make sure you can handle those. Having money saved will certainly help in times of need, but that may not be enough. Make sure you have a Plan B, C, and D for every step of your transition so you can continue to progress as a full time entrepreneur.
Take Your Time When Recruiting
It’s great to have employees working under you, but you don’t want to take on that responsibility too quickly. If your spouse or family members can help you out initially, rely on them to help you transition. In many cases, you can do most of the work yourself until you have a big client list built up. Hiring an employee will immediately increase your overhead costs, which will ultimately lower your profits. As a startup business, you simply don’t have room for profit loss.
Wait until you have a steady stream of work and a genuine need for extra help before you bring someone else into your company. At that point, hire someone to work part time to still keep your costs low.
Business owners often get pulled into a million different directions at the same time. This can cause you to lose sight of important steps to take in your business development. Another issue that entrepreneurs face is that they are constantly looking for their next business idea. I’m guilty of that just as much as anyone else. You have to put all of those extra thoughts aside for now and just focus on the new business you created. Once you have been doing that for a long time, you can readdress your old ideas or come up with a completely new set to explore.
Some Final Thoughts
As long as you make a slow, methodical, well-planned transition into full time entrepreneurship, your business will have a great chance at success. Follow the suggestions in this guide, and you’ll have a cushion to catch you if you fall along the way.