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 of us 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 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 off 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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  • carmen

    This is super useful & something to learn from. I have definitely learned to say no, since more opportunities are popping up, but not all are really a fabulous fit. :]

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  • Flora

    These are good tips! I’ve in my second year of self-employment now, and the thing I used to find hardest was saying no! For the first year I found myself flooded with work in the evenings and weekends because I was afraid to lose clients or find that my income dried up…nowadays I just make some time for myself and my loved ones a priority…if that means some months are a little ‘leaner’ than others, that’s fine by me! Being able to keep perspective on what really counts is SO important when you’re deciding how much work to take on!


  • pat.

    These rules also fit many traditional jobs.

  • AJ

    Starting small and saying no are definitely the hardest. Learn to perfect your brand and manage your workload to maintain your reputation. And ask for help! :)

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  • Daphny

    These tips are great! I’ll put them to use.

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