You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘contractor’ tag.
January 18, 2016 in Business, freelance writing, Freelancing | Tags: #RobertMedakFreelanceWriter, business, consultant, contractor, Entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, freelancing, Small business, Social media | 6 comments
Can an introvert also be an entrepreneur?
Only you can answer this quest for yourself.
Working from your home helps since you only interact with people via social media or the telephone.
As with anything in life there are divergent paths and there is not a single path for everyone.
All paths lead to pros and cons that you must determine for yourself, and if you are willing to accept the responsibility for your choosing your path.
I offer this caveat, never spend more than your budget will allow and never go into debt to fund your freelancing business.
How comfortable and transparent are you working from home?
By transparent, I don’t mean giving out your personal information. I mean is being your authentic self.
Clients don’t purchase from people they don’t know or don’t trust.
Honing your interpersonal skills is a must to build trust through building relationships with visitors to your blog, website, and social media platforms.
It is how and how often you interact with others in your circle of followers and those following you. Are you helpful, do you answer questions, how often you blog, do you offer education, do you offer value. Why should someone interact with you if you don’t interact with them and other in your chosen niche.
Each individual must create their own schedule of interacting on social media and how much they are willing to interact online,
What does it take to become a freelancer?
I have written about this in posts on this blog. One post is The 7 P’s of Freelance Writing. It was written back some time ago.
In that post, I mentioned certain items that apply to general freelancing as well.
These items are:
- Performance –
- Presentation –
- Professionalism –
- Polish –
- Personal Contact –
- Persistence –
- Patience –
I could write about what these words mean to me but if you want to be a freelancer, you will have to find out what these words mean to you in your business, because freelancing is a business, and it you fail to treat it like a business your business is destined to fail.
Call Yourself a Freelancer and They Will Beat a Path to Your Door
First, forget about that happening, especially if you’re an introvert.
Second, do not quit your day job until you are making enough to allow you to do so. Each person must make that determination on just how much money they need to live the lifestyle they wish to continue living or compromise living on.
Third, if you are in the United States, think about what the federal, state, and local government might think about you doing business from home if clients come to you.
Fourth, if you work for someone or a company that has a benefits package, are you willing to give that up and start paying your own way by freelancing full-time.
Fifth, consider the fact that as a freelancer you will be competing against other freelancers from around the world and some probably willing to work cheaper than you.
As a newbie freelancer, you have no portfolio, no reputation, and face it; no experience working with clients and understanding their needs.
Start slowly and build your credibility, reputation, brand and what is unique about what you have to offer potential clients so they choose you over another freelancer that has been doing it longer than you.
What is your Plan?
Have you thought about the following?
Do you even have a plan on how to proceed?
Have you written a business Plan?
How are you going to finance your freelancing?
Where are you going to work from?
Are you planning on establishing a separate business bank account?
What are you going to name your business?
Have you thought about a domain name for your website?
Are you going to create a blog?
If you are on social media, are going o create a separate business social media account.
Are you going to have a business phone and business cell phone separate from personal ones?
What about selling via a separate voice mail than your home voice mail?
Does this give you pause for thought?
I trust it does because there are many things to think about when calling yourself a freelancer and being willing to do whatever and however long it takes to become a freelancer making a living.
Many of the household names in online marketing have been at it for years. It is possible to take years to become an overnight success.
Any business that is still around started as a start-up and worked hard to become a success.
Have Questions about Running a Business
If you are in the United States, there are sources of information online at the following:
Federal Trade Commission – https://www.ftc.gov/
Small Business Administration – https://www.sba.gov/
Secretary of State for your state
Tax Board for your state
The county business license
The city council for the city you live in
Entrepreneurs take note:
If you want to be in business as a freelancer you are considered a consultant or contractor you are responsible for all of the regulations for any business doing business in your area.
Take care to cover yourself with insurance and incorporation to protect your personal assets.
I am not an attorney and only suggest you consult one when starting your freelancing to protect yourself from a lawsuit or potential damages from your actions as a small business owner.
As an Entrepreneur
The money you make from freelancing is not yours, it belongs to the business you created and belongs to the business for future growth and success.
All you get is a salary for which you are libel for all taxes, withholding and any other required payments to the Federal, State, and Local governments.
If this is not what you are prepared to deal with on your own or hire a CPA, think hard if you are ready for freelancing.
Freelancing is not for the faint of heart.
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning marketing
I welcome questions and try to answer them to the best of my ability. Use my contact page.
Use my contact page if you have any questions.