Whether you want to jump into the world of freelancing as if we are seriously considering mounting a small start-up, we need to master a set of basic skills are not learned in textbooks.
Only experience will make us realize that in addition to being really good in our area of expertise, we will be good accountants know how to manage and direct a project and even learn how to deal with defaults and arrears. We show some features that you promote.
Will be the own your own business
The first thing to consider is to take the leap into freelancing means in practice, become the master of your own business, with everything that implies.
From now on all the responsibility will fall on your shoulders which means you’ll be directly responsible for your successes and your failures. On the one hand you have the opportunity to grow and manage your business as you have always wanted, but on the other will have to face new responsibilities for which you might not be prepared.
Remember that as a freelance away the barrier between boss and employee. You are your boss but you are your own employee. Once you assume that this is going to be so, you’re almost ready to leap.
As already mentioned in other articles of this series, one of the less grateful task to which all must face is freelance accounting and financial management of your new business.
Although much of this “dirty work” you can put in the hands of an agency, do not be rid of having to record every expenditure you make, manage and sort your bills, learn about where and how you can deduct, keep buying all the tickets, etc. . It’s boring and sometimes frustrating but it is a task which depends on the viability of your new business.
As we have indicated in many articles and news, one of the main problems facing SMEs and the Spanish autonomous is the high delinquency of companies and public administrations.
Sooner or later you will notice that some customers take longer than expected payment, and gradually you will become obliged to call that person every week claiming unpaid bills or sending e-mails ” intimidating.
As in the previous case, if things start to go you can always very well without the services of a professional do it for you but … that there is always thankless task.
Human Resources Division
A successful business or enterprise is characterized, among other things, that care about the welfare of their employees. Facilitate the reconciliation of personal and professional life, offer social benefits, more flexible working hours, etc.
In this case you should keep in mind that you are the only human resource of your company, and that is no reason to give up what we indicated in the preceding paragraph. First, you need to know to balance your personal time and your time working, making it very clear from the beginning where are the boundaries.
Among many other things besides worrying you to maintain a productive work space, monitor your health with annual checkups, to socialize with other freelancers and clients, etc.
Whatever your main skills, it is critical that you are able to manage and run a project properly. You will learn to plan, establish a timing and realistic delivery dates, control and balance the workload, etc.
Fortunately today the self-employed and freelancers have a large number of tools that can help to do so. Task managers, planners, calendars, GTD methods, etc. any such program can help bring order to our projects.