Better Self-Employment Guidelines.
CARBS research in 2017 showed us that people starting out in hands-on trades and services get into difficulty through lack of guidance suited to their needs. To help agencies and institutions advising those thinking of self-employment, we are sharing sample guidelines on some of the big things it’s essential to get right.
Sample Guidelines: 1) Questions about clients
- Have you made a list of the kind of jobs you can take on? What jobs CAN’T you take on?
- Have you got someone with experience to talk to if problems come up? Self-employment can be lonely and good advice can help you get through without affecting your clients.
- You may have a good client who wants you to take on a job that needs skills you don’t have. Have you got business contacts who have these skills and you can trust to work with you?
- Clients and customers need to know that paperwork for the job is accurate and honest. Are you happy you know what is required with record keeping and correspondence? Do you need support, maybe from someone in the family or a friend with the right experience? Or an accountant who can save you money as well as giving advice on how your business is going?
- How will you find your clients? And how will they find you? What area will you cover? Who are the biggest competitors? Why are you different and better than the rest?
More to follow. Watch this space.