How great it feels to be able to work in your pajamas. To get up when you want, stay up late and hang out with family and friends when it suits you. That doesn’t sound like you as a self-employed worker? While that may be the perception of many who hear that you are self-employed, the truth is that you work hard every day with no one to supervise you or manager your time or responsibilities but you.
It’s no wonder then that many self-employed people turn their career into a full-fledged business. If they are successful in what they do, they often want to take it a step further. They may continue to work solo but under a professional name or they may take on employees and watch their business continue to grow. How can you move from a self-employed person to a business owner?
HAVE A PLAN
Create a business plan for your new business. If you have never created one before, take a class from any of the accredited online collages available these days to learn how it is done. You will have to provide detailed information about what your business does and what you want it to be doing in five or ten years. You also have to include a plan on how to get from point A to point B. This is a good exercise for you to know what goals your business should have and what you should be doing so you don’t make a lot of mistakes for lack of direction.
Not everyone who is good at a certain job can become a business owner. Two separate sets of skills are needed. Determine if you have those skills or if you are willing to invest money to acquire them. You may need to look at some online degree programs and go back to school while you work. You won’t have a lot of free time if you try to do both, but the online learning options will give you more flexibility. Look at the best online colleges with “College Vault”.
If you have a business background, you may not need a full degree. Consider attending a seminar on management, marketing or human resources if you do not have as much experience in those areas. Even if you later hire someone to handle those tasks, it helps if you understand the process.
There are a lot of requirements for a business. You will have a lot of research and legwork to conduct if you decide to turn your self-employment into a business entity. Here are just a few things to think about:
• Zoning. If you work out of your home, will you be allowed to do that as a full business? Will you need a business license?
• Federal ID number. You probably need a federal ID number, but definitely require one if you plan to hire employees
• Business name. What name will you work under? It has to be professional yet catchy
• Business type. Will you be an LLC, a corporation or something else? Check with your local small business attorney
As you can see, there is a lot to deal with and many decisions to make when you move your career to the next level.