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With Xolo Leap, you can found a company and build it from the ground up.
Being in charge of your time and working from anywhere in the world - it’s the dream. But before you reach for your passport, there are a few practical things you should consider:
It’s good to have a plan in place to make starting your freelance career go smoothly. Here are 3 tips for creating a freelance business plan.
What core services will you be offering to clients, and how much will you hope to charge? Are you using skills from your current or a previous job? This article may help you work out what to charge. If your market is overcrowded, can you develop your own niche within it? For example, instead of being an all-round web designer, can you position yourself as a landing page design expert?
While you’re not trying to copy them, it’s always good to have a rough idea of your competition. A good place to find competitors is on freelancing websites, such as Upwork and Freelancer.com (keep reading for a list of 10 freelance sites). Try to get an overview of what services are offered, how yours could be better and how you could stand out.
Defining what your ideal customer looks like and knowing what makes them tick will help you to produce much more effective and personal marketing material. You might already have customers you can turn to from previous work you’ve done.
Things to include in your research:
Now that you know who you’ll be targeting, it’s time to start marketing your freelance business.
A lot of freelancers start their journey on freelancing websites, giving them an instant platform to promote and sell their services to prospective customers. These are some of the most popular freelancing websites out there.
Also, make sure your freelancing profile stands out from the competition.
Setting up a profile on freelancing sites is a good start but you should also spend time to reach out to actual people who might be interested in your skills.
Working alone can be challenging, and you need to figure out what works best for you - will you work from home, a cafe, a coworking space? Or even go travelling around the world and work remotely. They’re all options you can consider. And more importantly, what tools will you be using to optimise your work?
There are a few things you might be managing by yourself for the first time, including tracking your working hours, maintaining communication with all your customers, invoicing, dealing with business expenses, and the list can go on. Do some research around what tools are out there to help you and what the costs are - what are must-haves when you’re starting out and what can wait until later?
If you’re an accounting whizz, you might not require the help of an accountant or even an invoicing tool to make sure your company finances are in order. But this isn’t the case for most specialist freelancers, so you might consider looking into online accounting services, or maybe you already know an accountant who can help you out. And on top of this, you’ll likely need a specialised business bank account, so you’re not relying on your personal account.
Or maybe you’d like to outsource all of the things related to company setup, accounting and business banking to make your life easier?
Fortunately, Xolo offers to take care of everything on the business management side. We’ll register your company, we’ll do your accounting, we’ll manage your expenses and we’ll prepare your annual and business tax reports. You can focus on finding and serving your customers full time. Even better, you can do that anywhere in the world where you have an internet connection.
Xolo helps you to focus on finding customers and keeping them happy. How? By taking care of starting and running your business.
Xolo is your bank account, your accountant, your company and your best friend in business. Taking care of the hard stuff, so you don’t have to.
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