Becoming self-employed first starts with setting goals. Goal setting gives you a plan to follow and helps you to realize why you want to work for yourself in the first place.
The first goal I set was to decide when I wanted to leave. Setting a timeframe made it much more realistic for me. I set a date and became excited with each day that passed as I worked towards it.
Another important goal is to decide how much money you want to make. For many, self-employment means a big jump in income. It is not uncommon for individuals to make significantly more money being self-employed than they did at their previous jobs. As a self-employed person, no one is setting a limit on your income except for you.
Personal goals are just as important to set. These can include family oriented goals, retirement goals, or creative goals. You can set goals to spend a lot more time with your children and spouse. You may want to secure your retirement nest egg or set a goal of retiring early. Being your own boss allows you much more control of your income.
Creative goals may mean finally being able to do things the right way using your ideas. Something that many employers overlook with their employees. More often than not, having this type of flexibility is more important than the income opportunities.
I find that keeping my goals in an area where I can see them every day is a good way for me to stay on track. Set your goals, no matter how large or small, and remind yourself of them every day. Goals are essential on the road to self-employment.
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