Things to consider before becoming self-employed
May 2022 – 15 min read
You’re self-employed if you contract with a business rather than getting a salary from an employer
Being self-employed has many distinct advantages and disadvantages
There are several signs you might be ready to become self-employed, and steps you can take to get there
Steps to take before becoming self-employed
Create an emergency fund – It may take a while to get your self-employment gig off the ground, so you should have saved enough money for 3 to 6 months of expenses. This fund can also provide financial security in case a creditor delays paying you.
Start your new venture in your spare time – Find out how whether you’re cut out to work for yourself and start building your network of client.
Create a workspace – It’s important to have a dedicated workspace so you can concentrate and create work-life balance when you’re not working.
Now that you understand more about becoming self-employed, you may want to contact your advisor to:
Create a savings plan for an emergency fund and to pay your income tax when you become self-employed
Learn more about personal health and dental insurance
Create a retirement savings plan
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