If you are thinking of starting up your own business this Winter or becoming a freelancer it’s a sound idea to plan what you’ll need to get going. It’s true that you’ll only get one opportunity to set a good first impression. With a sound business plan mapped out and hopefully a little bit of funding behind you there’a lot that you can do with a small budget. With 4 or 5 G connectivity and some innovative technology it’s never been easier to work independently, here are some must haves that I believe could help you to hit the ground running.
Professional e-mail address– adds credibility to your offering. Add a creative signature to your account to stand out.
Reviews and feedback on Linked In or Google – validates you to a new customer
Professional Business Address – helps differentiate between your home and workplace
Telephone answering – to assist in taking enquires. Try and get a local dialling code for a final touch, it impresses the local market
Access to a meeting space – Could be a quiet cafe or a room in a coworking space where you can pay an hourly rate
File sharing – There are lots of cloud based solutions that can help make you look ‘on it’ when you need to share photos, information or details with a client or partner.
Once you’ve standardised some of the above you can start the magic of corresponding with clients. Good luck out there!