Friday, January 14, 2011

Skills You Need to Run a Freelance Biz

As a freelance business owner, there are certain things you need to do to make sure your business runs smoothly; these are things like paying taxes, keeping your books updated and sending out invoices on time. When you learn how to do these and do them efficiently, you'll have more time to focus on developing your business and obtaining bigger and better projects.

Of course, learning from one's own experience often makes info stick, but who wants to do that when you can learn from someone else? Here are some things that will help you get ahead in your business:

  • Get a mentor. Find a freelancer who has a successful business and who appears to have it all together. Ask the person if you can follow him or her through the business administration process a few times. Be sure to watch how they send invoices, see when they purchase new items, etc., and ask tons of questions. That may be plenty to help you get going.
  • Take a few classes. Do you learn best in a classroom setting? Why not take a class at the local community college? These colleges usually provide inexpensive business courses and will let you take the occasional class without you having to pursue a full degree. And some offer a few business classes with their adult education system.
  • Read. As you probably know, there are sooo many resources out there about running your freelance business. Research, and read the best ones you can find. (A couple of blogs I find beneficial are Freelance Folder and Freelance Switch).
  • Hire assistance. You can hire someone do the business stuff for you if you have enough work to keep you busy and an income where it's affordable. A good bookkeeper can handle a lot of your business administration tasks. Keep in mind that you need to have some knowledge so you don't end up with a not-so-great bookkeeper.
Honing your business skills will help you to expand your business and make more money, and that's what we all want, right?


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