The Mindset of a Self Employed Person
The mindset of a self-employed person is really nothing like that of an employee. In order to succeed in being self-employed, it is imperative that certain skills and ways of thinking and behaving are learned quickly, rather than simply continuing to act in a way that suits an employer. When you are your own employer, you simply have to get to grips with aspects of running a business that you may find unpalatable, but as there is no one else to do it (until you earn enough to pay someone else!) you have to learn.
Be Prepared to Chase InvoicesLet’s go straight for the task that most self-employed people hate! Chasing up invoices is horrible for all sorts of reasons: you think the company might think you’re unsuccessful as you need to chase money; you worry your client might be put off using you again if you chase them up; you don’t want to sound desperate…there are hundreds of reasons why chasing up overdue invoices is the bane of a self-employed persons day.
But you have to do it! As the saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. There is no shame for needing and wanting to be paid for work that you have provided, as long as you have done the job well and you have set out your payment terms clearly. Don’t chase a 30 day invoice seven days after you’ve sent it though, or you’ll just look junior.
Always Be Looking for New OpportunitiesSuccessful self-employed people are always looking for new opportunities, whether that’s new clients, new business ideas or new products. When you’re self-employed you rarely, if ever, get that lovely feeling of being secure in your job, so it’s better to get used to it rather than moan.
You will need to work out what is suitable and relevant to your business, but essentially it’s about networking, making contacts and keeping your eyes open to ways in which you can exploit your business potential.