Are you tired of your usual 8-to-5 job? Do you think you can become a freelance website design and offer your services and reap the rewards for yourself? Do you think you are being abused by your company? Aren’t they paying you enough for the clients you bring to the business? If you are planning to start a business, better ask yourself these three important questions first:
Am I ready to enter this unknown field?
You may be an expert in website design and you may think you know the ins and outs of this industry but you will never be sure unless you are the one negotiating the terms of a contract and dealing with irritating clients. You may be a skillful web designer, but running a business is still pretty much unknown to you. This is something you have never experienced before. So, why not take a few lessons on running and managing a business? You can learn all about managing the finances, filing the taxes, and pricing and marketing your services.
Am I equipped enough to handle the competition?
There is a lot of competition in the web design industry, even in the freelance sector… actually, especially in the freelance sector. Practically anyone who knows how to tinker with WordPress or a little backend coding can become a website designer overnight. Small and medium businesses who can only spend little on their marketing campaigns and materials will probably go for one of these fly-by-night web designers only to realize in the end that they have invested their money into nothing. Because there will be a lot of competition out there, it is important for you to realize that the way will not be paved in gold. Rather, it will be a real hard work and at times you may even want to just wave the white flag and succumb to the pressure.
Can I handle the loss of a stable income?
Resigning from your job means losing a stable income and depending on clients who would sign up for your services. Are you ready for that? Are you prepared to shoulder your bills while you’re waiting for clients to come knocking on your door? If you have a family, this may be particularly difficult, but there are dreams that need investment and maybe this is a dream that’s worth that sacrifice. Before diving head first, though, make sure that you saved enough money for the hard times.