Starting your own freelance business is an exciting step towards becoming truly self-employed. There will be a few bumps along the way, as with any other entrepreneurial endeavor. It helps to have a solid business plan first. Having a solid business plan outlines the feasibilities of each of your undertakings. It allows you to take stock of your strengths, weaknesses, and capacity for production. If you will be offering a freelance service, the business plan is also helpful in outlining which services you can offer, and if there is a demand for you or your product in the market.
The first thing to consider is, since this will be a freelance business, that you should choose to do something you love. This may sound very cliché at this point, but choosing to do something you love will keep your interest levels and motivation levels high. As with most undertakings, it is often a person's motivation that dictates the flow of the business, especially when you go through tough times.
You will also need to determine whether there is a market for your services. Check out other existing freelance businesses in your area, so that you can get an idea of how many people would actually be interested in doing business with you. If you are offering a service, check out people who offer the same or similar services. This will give you an idea of how much you should charge, by benchmarking the industry price.
Part of your business plan should incorporate your transition from regular employment to freelance business. You will need the income from your current job to finance the new freelance business, so do the math and make sure all your finances are in order. Set aside extra money before making the jump to putting up your own business - this money can help you recover if you run into business problems somewhere down the line.
There is nothing wrong with starting small. In fact, this is the recommended way to start, very slowly and deliberately. This way, you will be able to see any kinks in your business plan, and can remedy these problems as you go. Be sure that you take into account the fact that you should not be putting all of your money into the business endeavor. Go slowly.
Read up on how to manage your own business. There are many books and helpful articles out there, both in print and on the web, that can offer expert advice on how to start your own freelance business. These contain information on basic, vital business points and skills that you will soon learn become invaluable to your operation. Cover the basics of running a business before launching headlong into it. Learning proper business procedures also builds your professionalism and credibility in the market.
Finally, you must learn to be adaptive and flexible. Even the best business plans will run into a few hitches along the way. Most successful freelance businesses are where they are now mainly because of their ability to adapt to different market situations.