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Setting up your workplace

Oct 12,2018

Some people choose to work in a freelance way to develop their skills, strengthen their networks of contacts, earn more money, escape from the corporate routine and/or have more work flexibility. Many times becoming an independent professional can cause some fear because you do not know where to start, how to find clients or how much to charge, for example. Whether you chose to be a freelance worker or you just became one of them, here are tips to help you to set up your own workplace. 

Create a network of contacts:

Start by telling the people closest to you what you are doing and making it clear that you are available to help those who need it. Little by little, tell the most distant people as well.

Make new connections:

It is important to meet independent workers who can advise or support you in any situation. Besides being "the competition", they can be a great source of information. Search through networks such as LinkedIn and attend conferences and meetings that take place in the area you work. In today's world, it is almost unthinkable to think that one can work in isolation.

Set a fee:

Your network of contacts can help you determine how much to charge for your work. You can ask your fellow independent workers for market rates to determine yours. Do not make the mistake of collecting what you need to cover your expenses. It is good that at first, you put a low price to your work while you are looking for clients and you experience the work time that some things take you, but sooner or later you will have to increase it.

Find a good accountant:

To manage your taxes, whether your pension contributions, earnings, etc., it is always good to have a trusted accountant nearby to advise you.

Worry about understanding legal issues:

It is always good to have someone to turn to in case you need legal advice. One of the biggest difficulties that freelance workers have is the lack of payment. Therefore, it is advisable to make contracts with your customers every time you have ordered.

Have the documentation in order:

It is recommended that independent workers have personal cards, CV or a logo on hand to deliver to potential customers. It will also be necessary to set up a work contract to start a job and submit invoices for payment.

Spread the word:

It will always be good to have LinkedIn, Facebook or an updated website profile which makes it clear that you are looking for employment opportunities. In addition, it will be positive to converse with people at events or be active in online communities.

Adjust the number of jobs:

Freelancers sometimes make the mistake of accepting too much work. From the beginning, make sure you have a free space in your agenda that will be useful to have time to build your contact networks and advance in business development or train as a better professional. 

Do not be tempted to accept all jobs, especially when you are not able to do a certain task. It will always be better to see the rejection of a job and the sincerity of the worker about what he is qualified to do and what he cannot.