Entrepreneurship. Interesting, intriguing and risky. Stop from the comfort of your old job to start your own business is an option that may sound crazy. Moreover, you have dependents or lifestyle that must be financed.
The problem is, when you work full-time, starting your own business is something that is very challenging. Your time will be almost entirely taken up to handle office work, personal and business affairs are fundamental to be sacrificed. You are able to delegate but yet not all things can be done by others for you. The risk you can tiredness extreme or you have your own business plan will not be realized.
However, have you ever thought that there is a gray phase is to be a bridge between the employee and entrepreneurship? This bridge is referred to as “freelancing”
There are a number of things why you need to try to become a freelance worker before becoming an entrepreneur. These reasons are first, more time is available. You can still make money with a more spacious time for business starting your own. Second, you can gain relevant experience. Third, you cultivate personal discipline and internal motivation while working as a freelancer for all income depends on you. Fourth, you can work from anywhere without being tied to your physical location. Especially now that you can work remotely with the Internet. Fifth, you will get more business connections and networks, which will be useful when starting your own business later.
Here are 4 things that you can take if you want to gradually shift from a freelancer status become entrepreneurs.
Think like a businessman
When starting off a lot of very hard workers stripped of thinking and working employees. They should gradually abandon it and switch all use more of a business mindset. You may initially reject any suggestions or feedback regarding partnerships, expansion, or form an official business with or without the help of others. You may be very sure that your passion is working freelance. According to Michael Gerber in his book “E-Myth”, many casual workers trapped in their own belief that they are just enough to be technicians, not managers or business owners.
Process and the time required to realize that owning your own business does not mean boring and should leave such passion that you like. If you do not like must come to the office on a conventional working hours, might be an idea to become a business owner would be scary. But in fact, be a business owner or entrepreneur does not require you to work in an office for 8 hours a day 5 days a week.
Selling a product, not just services
If you’re a freelancer, you are basically just selling abstract services. One way to start to become an entrepreneur is to sell your concrete products anyway. There are so many options. You do not need to start printing t-shirts in your home, even as a businessman on eBay can also be a sensible option. For example, if you are a writer, you can write and sell an ebook that is useful to the reader. If you are a web designer, make a template of the premium for the WordPress platform and other popular platforms. If you are a photographer, sell your photographs to the excellent sites that are willing to buy quality photographs like iStockphoto and Fotofolia.
Promote other people’s products
Maybe you do not have much time, skill or talent to create and sell your own products. No problem, you can still sell products other businesses and enjoy the benefits of it.
Sellers sometimes notorious affiliates, their names may connectedness with illegal sales practices, poor quality products and high-pressure techniques. No need to be all that. Be an affiliate marketer who write reviews of products and services that you use or purchase. Many companies that offer that opportunity.
Teaching, training or become a consultant
Although this overlap may occur in freelance work, one of the best ways to seriously increase your income is to teach, train, or become a consultant. All of these activities can make money and you can provide for many services rates for every hour of your time.
But, of course, do not depend solely on freelancing. Maybe if you have a lot of money by being a freelancer, you will think why bother to be an entrepreneur is more risky?
Working off a lot of fun, but it can be very draining time and energy and freelancers are paid only for the time when they were working. However, again you should not always think that way you can work productively, and to become an entrepreneur, you can delegate some repetitive tasks to subordinates so that you can enjoy life more and grow bigger as individuals.