It seems like every year, more people are leaving the corporate workforce to strike out on their own. It’s an exciting prospect, starting up a technology consulting business of your own. But it can also be unsettling, letting go of the perceived security of a full-time job in the corporate world.
Here are eight things that you can start to do today to make your escape a little less daunting:
Start Saving – You are going to need money set aside to cover your living expenses or the process will become filled with stress and you will not be able to focus on the things that you need to do. How much savings? Well, that depends on your comfort levels, but I suggest you keep at least 3-6 months of expenses saved up at all times whilst you start your own technology consulting business. This will give you a level of comfort.
Research – Use your spare time whilst you are still working to look at your marketplace, competitors, and potential clients.
Design – Put together your service offering based on your research.
Build – Think about all the processes and software that you are going to need. Map out as much as you can and get it underway.
Document – Draw together all the standard documentation that you are going to need.
Identify – Check out online and offline networking groups. Decide which social media platforms you are going to use and prepare your profiles so that all you need to do is copy and paste them once you are ready to launch.
Buy – Investigate and decide upon a domain name. Buy it and start to build your website.
Build Your List – You’ll need an initial list of companies that you can start to prospect as soon as you leave your job.
This might seem like a lot of work, but it will help you to hit the ground running when you leave the corporate world. To save up all you need to and to get yourself a head start, you are looking at a lead time of around eight to twelve months.
Don’t tell your employers or co-workers what you are planning. It is your business alone. They don’t forewarn you a year in advance of redundancy, pay cuts, or short time, so you should not feel beholden to them over this. It is a more secure future for yourself that you are trying to build.
Have you trodden this path whilst setting up your own technology consulting business? Why not share your thoughts and advice with others in the Comments section?
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Topics:- Computer Consulting Business