When you start the engine in the direction of the free, independent life, there are of course some things you must have in place, and some things that are rare to have in place.
In essence, the pendulum swings between nice and need to have also based on your own risk profile. Are there bills to be paid from day one, or can you run for a period of time without paying customers?
First of all, life as an independent and freelancer requires a certain amount of hustle.
Customers rarely come rushing through the door as soon as you have put the "for hire" sign in your window. They must therefore be pursued relentlessly, and to that extent you must be able to swallow a no - and not take it personally.
Shifting gears from being employed, one thing many people underestimate is how many repetitions it takes to break through.
As an employee, you often have tasks and objectives dictated from higher ups, and you don't have to go from door to door asking if there is anything you can help with.
On the other hand, you have to as your own boss, and many freelancers push the cold calls in front of them, in return for busy work on their own business.
As a self-employed person, you must encourage your perfectionist gene in the ground, and dare to ship before you feel ready for it.
What you need to have in place as a self-employed person:
When you start out, there is a foundation that needs to be in place.
The most basic include:
- Legal basis: here you have the option of registering your own CVR number, or you can be smart and run your business through Factofly.
- A defined niche: especially when you're starting out you can't be everything to everyone. A well-defined niche will help you land customers.
- A product package: Give your customers something to say yes to. The more specific you are, the easier it will be.
- A portfolio: Customers often need a little help to see why you are the right one. A portfolio can be a well-polished one Homepage, but it can also be a collection of your work on a Notion page or a Google Drive for a start.
Life as a freelancer isn't always big boats off the coast of Capri hanging lazily on the water's surface while the chef prepares lunch below deck.
Of course, it has its advantages advantages of being independent, but before you jump into the free life, you must also think about whether you can swallow the less glamorous sides of that existence.