Thinking of going independent or starting a business? Before you quit your day job, here are a few “top of mind” things to consider:

  • your risk tolerance
  • your comfort level with doing business development
  • your level of discipline
  • your value proposition (why clients should hire you instead of all the other solos in the marketplace)

As a would-be entrepreneur, you should also develop a business plan right away–before taking any other steps. Developing a business plan will force you to focus on your goals and what is aspirational, what is achievable in the shorter term, and what resources it will take to succeed.

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