Sometimes being stuck in the rate race of the nine to five just isn’t for you. Not all of us are fully aware of the career direction we want to take when we are fresh out of school or university, and often we don’t even realise what it is that we are passionate about until much later in life.
Your career is something that you will dedicate a lot of time to. Whether you like it or not. After all, a job pays the bills, and paying the bills means you have your home and your lifestyle. So what can you do?
You can act on it when you do get a fresh surge of inspiration about what you want to do with your working your life. Many of us will get an idea for a business or a chance to work for ourselves and be our own boss, but often the risk of it outweighs the desire to do it. However, if you have got the courage to step out on your own then you can find that you suddenly have the work and life balance that you have always craved. It feels good. So how do you get there? Here are some of the things to think about if you are hoping to set up your own business.
Have a plan
One of the first things that you need to think about when it comes to your business is to have some form of business plan. This is where you will outline your idea, what you plan to do and how you hope to make it happen. Often putting things into writing or making notes of these things will prompt you to think about other avenues that you can take. This is when things come into focus such as the marketing side of things, and the branding. How you can work and what investment you might need to make it happen? A business plan could be the ideal tool that can help you in other areas, especially when it comes to the next point.
What about investment?
The investment side of things can be a tricky area to overcome, but many business ideas will need some cash behind them, even if you are going it alone and doing the majority of it yourself. Investment can come from different areas, and a business plan can be the ideal tool to help others see your vision. You could look at talking to the bank, where they may provide a loan based on the business ideas and your projections for the future. You could look at an investor, who may have involvement in the decision making process. Or you could look to family members or using your own savings to get things off the ground.
What direction should you take?
Of course, any business needs a direction, and a main purpose, so it might be time to think about how you register the business and what your future plans are. It could be that you like the idea of remaining a sole trader, and taking on registering as a limited company at a later date. It might be that you want to think about registering as a company and how you register your LLC officially. Or whether or not you go down the route of freelancer for now as you start to build things up slowly. There will be tax benefits and forms to think about, but each option will have its own pros and cons so it is up to you to research what is best for your business.
Your working from home environment
Most businesses will start at home, so it might be worth looking at your working from home environment and working out ways that you can make the most of it. Some will have the luxury of a spare room that can be turned into an office, or a corner of a room where you can have a desk and dedicate it to work. It is important to have your work space as this can help with concentration and productivity levels.
Having personal goals that you want to achieve
It is all well and good having business goals and putting your plan in place for it, but what about the personal goals you want to achieve as well? This will help you to stay motivated and on track with your business. It might be solely to do with your working environment and time management, or it could be worked in with your business goals and what you want to achieve. Goals help us to stay motivated and on a path to where we want to be, so don’t forget to congratulate them as and when you start achieving them as well.
Getting the work and home life balance right
Sometimes the main reason behind taking that plunge is to get the home and work life balance right, and in this case, perhaps this is the way you do it. Working when it suits you and when you are most productive will free up other time to enjoy the things you perhaps missed out when you were restricted to working hours. School pick ups, coffee dates, you name it. Once you figure out a routine the world is your oyster.
Being productive when there are distractions
The hardest thing with working from home is the distractions. You can be so consumed by what needs to be done, but the washing also needs to be taken out of the machine or those pots need putting away. Then you work but you see that it’s lunch time, or you watch a bit of TV. Time management hacks will help you to get the most out of your working day.
The next steps for your business
Finally, the next steps for your business can get you excited, and it is important to dedicate some time to think about the path you want to take. Where will your business go? Can you expand in some way? Reviewing your business plan regularly will help you to stay in tune with this.