How to work as a freelance?
Becoming independent appeals to you? Retraining, new professional experience, need for freedom: there are many reasons for becoming a freelancer. But how do you become independent and work as a freelance If becoming a freelancer attracts many professionals, the change of status also raises many questions. How to become a freelance? How to register as a freelance? How to find funding and aid? How to organize and find clients Entrepreneurship is an adventure that should not be taken lightly. Better to be well informed and well prepared before starting. Thinking of becoming a freelance? Here you will find all the answers to your questions.
BECOMING A FREELANCER: THE STEPS BEFORE STARTING
Before becoming a freelancer, you must first prepare for this change in professional life. It is indeed important to ask the right questions, to prepare your professional project, but also to start thinking about financing solutions to allow you to start working as a self-employed person.
BEING A FREELANCE: IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?
Becoming a freelance has its advantages, of course, but also its disadvantages. Did you take each of these drawbacks into account before making your choice? Have you asked yourself the right questions:
- what are your motivations?
- are you able to manage yourself?
- do you feel able to deal with stress?
- is your profession suitable for freelance status?
- Is the freelance lifestyle really right for you?
You will need the motivation to complete your project. Why do you want to become self-employed? Do not hesitate to list them clearly. These are the reasons you should keep in mind throughout your career as a freelance, especially during difficult times If the freelancer gains freedom, independence, and autonomy, he must also be able to manage his schedule alone, organize his work, find his own clients, etc. He must therefore be able to withstand the stress associated with this personal investment What job do you want to do? Certain trades lend themselves more easily to the status of self-employed workers than others Finally, ask yourself if the freelance lifestyle is right for you: potential loneliness without work colleagues, telecommuting, free hours, etc.
Once your project is well defined and your motivations are clear, you will certainly need to find financing solutions from a bank. The financial aspect is indeed an element to take into account before starting. Be aware, however, that as a freelancer, you may be entitled to certain aids such as:
- ACRE, which allows you to benefit from a percentage exemption from social contributions at the start of your activity;
- ARCE, which allows you to continue to receive unemployment benefits;
- maintaining the AREs in order to continue to receive unemployment benefits.
Some of these aids will be more advantageous depending on the legal status under which you choose to practice as a self-employed person The financial aspect of your project must be calculated as precisely as possible. Forecast turnover, expenses, and operating costs, social security contributions, taxes, or even taxes: plan ahead.
THE STEPS: CHOOSE YOUR STATUS
- the micro-enterprise (or auto-enterprise)
- wage portage ;
- the sole proprietorship
- the company
Each of these professional legal statuses for freelancers has specific characteristics, advantages as well as disadvantages The microenterprise allows to benefit from a statute relatively easy to manage, with fewer administrative procedures, but the statute also has a capped turnover. Thus, for larger companies generating more turnover, it will be necessary to consider creating a company Wage portage can also be an alternative in order to maintain an employee status with its advantages (social cover, payslip, etc.) while keeping the autonomy and independence specific to the freelance There is no one status better than others because you will have to choose your status according to your situation and your project. However, it is the status of the microenterprise that is the most widely chosen by freelancers wishing to start a business without having too many responsibilities.
ORGANIZE AS A FREELANCE
Once you have chosen your legal status, it is important to organize yourself well to start working as a freelancer. Choosing the workplace, finding clients, defining your business strategy: nothing should be left to chance to be successful as a self-employed person.
CHOOSE YOUR WORKPLACE
To start your activity as a freelancer, you will need to choose where to set up a suitable place to work.
If you choose to telecommute, make sure you have an office where you can make yourself comfortable. It is recommended to work in a completely calm space entirely dedicated to your activity. The most difficult thing about working at home is knowing how to create a line between your professional and personal life.
You can also choose to work outside of your home. There are many coworking places where you can both work and meet other professionals: practical for expanding your network!
MANAGE YOUR WORKING TIME
Yes, the freelancer can choose his working hours. If this aspect of the life of the self-employed person is an undeniable advantage, it can quickly turn into a disadvantage if no organization is imposed.
So, it is important to set work schedules and stick to them. Entrepreneurs often tend to never know when to stop, especially when working from home. To stay the course, we advise you to set yourself reasonable working hours and especially to give yourself breaks to breathe.
HOW TO FIND FREELANCE CLIENTS?
This is one of the questions many future entrepreneurs ask themselves: How do you find customers?
To do this, you will need to establish a strategy in advance to attract profiles likely to be interested in your services or products.
We, therefore, advise you:
- to establish your target clientele;
- to talk about your project around you and on your social networks;
- to study the competition;
- to do training to improve your skills.