THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
There are a number of things to consider when you are first starting out. You want to look and act professional. There are things you can do in order to develop and maintain the appearance of being a business person and being professional in your chosen trade.
To begin with, set up an actual business. Working under your own name is not necessarily the best way to go. Including your name as part of the business name may be OK, but consider other ways of promoting yourself through the business name. You must establish a legal structure. Not only for the professionalism of having a business, but for legal and liability issues as well. Most new businesses are going the LLC (Limited Liability Company) route these days as opposed to a corporate structure. It is fairly easy to establish an LLC in most states, and it protects you as a business owner. The LLC should have a Operating Agreement and Membership Certificates prepared to cross the t’s and dot the i’s of the LLC requirements.
You should consider a separate email address that ties in with the company name, and also a website and logo as you begin to grow. Many times I will also suggest things like tee shirt or hats with the company name and logo included. Of course, a business phone number is a must (consider google voice) and business cards are essential.
Looking and acting professional goes a long way in helping your business. Try it, you will like it!