How To Be Your Own Boss: The 5 Golden Rules For Self-employment

Deciding your own working-hours, planning your own working-day, making almost every decision yourself and being able to be as creative as you want to be: self-employment, a dream for many, the reality for few. It is one of these weird things in life that a lot of career girls would like to do, but most don’t dare to take that step or risk to actually do it.

There are a lot of elements you need to think of if you want to become self-employed. Deciding your focus and and protecting yourself (e.g. legally) in any way possible are just two of the things on the list.

CGD gives you 5 rules for the starting self-employed, that will help you to get ahead of the game.

#1 – Make clear goals

Passion is important, but it doesn’t pay your bills. Before you start, make sure you have a clear vision on how you want to keep your business up, running and alive. Make clear goals, because without goals it is easy to lose focus and get distracted.

Know your target audience, what they want, where they are and how you can reach them. A business plan sounds old-fashioned, but can be oh-so important, especially for starters.

#2 – Organize your administration

From the very first minute your administration should be spotless! The contracts, bills, terms and conditions and all other important documents should all be so well organized that you can show them at any moment to anyone if you need to.

#3 – Start small

Especially when you have so many good ideas, it is hard to start small. Be realistic and don’t start of by renting expensive office space if you don’t need it. Try to safe and reduce costs as much as possible. You can be creative, for example by working in the Starbucks or rent a desk in a shared office. You will meet new people, build your network and maybe even new potential clients.

#4 – Stay active!

It is very important to stay active when you are self-employed. Attend network events, make yourself an everyday to-do list and evaluate every week how far you have come. Once you start being a bit more passive, it is hard to get back on track.

#5 – Learn to say no

Personally, I find this the most difficult one, while I know how important it is. Say ‘no’ to the things that have nothing in it for you, that are not relevant for you or cost too much energy and therefore will make you lose focus on the really important things.

And besides all the above, enjoy it, because being self-employed is one of the most fun things you can do!

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  • Kiara King

    Organising my admin is something I HATE doing, so I try to keep on top of it as much as possible. I think I definitely need to focus on it more though. Working for yourself isn’t as easy as it seems, eh? But heck, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Lauren

    Whenever I feel lost, I always look over my business plan and manifesto – always helps reaffirm my goals!

    Lauren x
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  • Stephanie Mathena

    This is so helpful! Thanks for the post.


  • Vanessa

    I think it is also important to be kind to yourself.
    We often leave our day job to get more freedom, but we are actually the worst boss in the world.
    Give yourself a break, and allow yourself a day-off once in a while.

  • Sophie

    this is so helpful . Am in the process of trying to start up my own business with my sister and will be forwarding this onto her for a read!

  • Rebecca Hall

    It IS scary to go it alone, as I am in the process of doing now. I put it off for so long, thinking I needed the security of my regularly paid part time job, but realised there’ll never be a good time, so I bit the bullet.
    I have to say, it’s a relative piece of writing as not all European countries, for example, have this rent a space you refer to ( I’m British and live in Greece). When I visited the States I found working in libraries helped. Back in Greece, I’m slightly more isolated as it’s only really from home I can work. But I ensure I take regular breaks, get exercise, etc

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