Do you have any business tips you wish you knew when you started out?

almost 7 years ago from Ivan Bjelajac, Co-Founder @ Bien /

  • Jan SemlerJan Semler, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )
    1. When you create an offer never think you have to go cheap. Make you pricetag real, communicate what you do and for most of all why. Explain your client why your prices tag is higher than others, explain what benefits the client will get. Communicate also that you rely on the success of your clients project, because if the project goes wrong the client will not come back – tell him that.

    2. When you start as freelancer without employees than set your daily/hourly rate and stick to that no matter what. Ask other freelancers they will help you. And if you don't now how much you want for a day/hour just calculated what you need for a month. Double that and divide it by 20 workdays.

    3. Get an tax guy. (Especially when you living in germany like me)

    4. Take some student in if your workload goes up like crazy, don't try to tackle everything by yourself.

    5. Set one day in a month to take care of your offers, Invoices and other paper related stuff nobody wants to do. Stick to that day never say tomorrow.

    6. Don't take a job you didn't like.

    7. Be always in the search for business partners, they have jobs for you and you for them. Go out and get on business events and talk to people in your business.

    8. Get stuff done, no matter what.

    9. If you can't do something, because you have zero knowledge don't do it. But if you think you could learn something new than do it 120% and with passion.

    10. Never stop using new tools, never stop reading articles about your business, be young and foolish all your live.

    A good read for that is: This book changed my perspective on my job.

    6 points