Here’s a not-so-fun fact: divorces are hard. If you’re going through one right now, it’s likely that you’re stuck in a limbo of hurt, confusing emotions and a lack of direction.
Luckily, turning to your career and business can be that much-needed fresh start after a divorce. Running a successful business can help you re-build your confidence back and reconnect with your skills, talents and interests.
Develop a Business Plan
Some beginner entrepreneurs wrongfully assume that freelance work is just letting go, following your dreams and things take care of themselves from there. In reality, things couldn’t be more different.
Freelancing is hard – much harder than it’s currently portrayed online and in media. You’re risking a lot, so you need to be prepared to handle th down sides of this rollercoaster as well. However, planning will flatten this rollercoaster curve.
Even freelancers need clearly developed, realistic and plausible business plans. Look at some of the following factors:
- What services will you offer?
- How much will you charge for your work?
- How will you find clients?
- What makes you different from your competition?
- How much are you prepared to invest in launching your business?
- What are you going to do in low-business periods?
These are all questions that need careful consideration before you even start working on your freelance business. Make sure you have direct answers to them.
Set up a Clear Routine and Stick to it
Having a rigid work schedule in those hard post-divorce weeks and months serves multiple purposes.
Firstly, it’s a way to get you to stick to your goals and motivate you to continue pushing, even if you don’t particularly feel like working that day.
At the same time, they prevent you from overworking. Unsurprisingly, many women turn to overworking in difficult times after a divorce. Being a rock star at work makes us feel powerful, takes our minds off of problems, and lets us see the bigger picture. These feelings of work-highs can, unfortunately, lead to an extreme of working too much. When you set up a fixed schedule where you’re really done with work at some point, you’ll have more time for other areas of your life, and of course, dating (when you’re ready).
Find Consultants who will Present Your Business
In situations where you have doubts or when you’re an absolute beginner in some field, it’s best to turn to experts and make sure your business doesn’t suffer because of poor presentation and promotion. This means that you should hire consultants for all those crucial aspects of presenting your brand to the audience: from your business website and social media to writing industry-friendly content.
Here are some of the resources and services you can use to make sure your business starts off on the right note: TopTal (partner up with developers, designers and other independent professionals), Fiverr (find a skilled person for any task you don’t have experience with).
Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
The golden rule of freelancing is that you should never dedicate all your time to just one client, and that you should always have a back-up plan ready if your cooperation stops (for whichever reason).
This is also one of the most important things to remember as you’re launching and building your freelance business from home. Having a stable client whose payments are as secure as a regular wage is wonderful, but as a freelancer, you don’t have the same level of protection over that partnership as a regular employee.
Always be cautious about working with and letting your finances depend on a single client. Ideally, you would have 3 or more clients at any given time, so if one of them cancels, you won’t have an empty period of time before you land a new one.
Women can get through anything, and divorces are no exception – no matter how hard or hurtful they may be. If you look at this dark situation’s silver lining, you will see that you now have all the time in the world to give as a gift to yourself and your talents.
Take this time to heal, however long you may need, turn to some other dimensions of your life that make you happy, and thrive!