If you’re following along to launch your freelance business, here’s AnyWired’s advice

Searching Through Go Daddy Available Domains
What I didn’t realize was I couldn’t register a domain name for my list of potential business names.

 

Day Five: Set Up Your Business

Disaster.

My enterprise veered off the rails somewhere between Day  Five and Six.

Five is all about setting up your business.

  • Set up a business email address and PayPal account.
  • Freelancers typically get paid via PayPal according to AnyWired.

So set that up!

And set up a Gmail account with your business name, linked to your new domain name.

Demoted Back to First Grade

What I didn’t realize was I couldn’t register a domain name for my list of potential business names.

Felt like I didn’t pass 1st grade and had to repeat it all over again (though I really, really liked my first grade teacher).

 

I returned to Days 3 and 3.5 – “Naming My Business”.

Rearranging Creative Ideas

So much for my 30-day plan.

Well, maybe it is a total of thirty days, but not necessarily in a row.

A day here and a day there.

Enough about that for now.

Much more to follow.

Full disclosure?

Being the “what if guy”, I followed AnyWired’s 30-day Freelancing steps but applied them to:

The Knowledge Path Series
  • Self-publishing (You should spend at least 1 hour per day just developing your skill) a manuscript with over 500 pages.
  • Figuring out how to host a website domain (in my case a  network of six enterprises)
  • Building a fan base.

 

But, if you’re following along to launch your own freelance business, here’s AnyWired’s advice:

Freelancing Anywhere You Want
  1. Set up a business email address and PayPal account.
  2. While your friends and family might not mind receiving email from ronny69@hotmail.com, prospective clients might!
  3. Create an email address.
  4. Forward it to a free Gmail account, then under your Gmail settings, put your domain email address as your default ‘Send Email As’ address.
  5. This will allow you to manage your domain email through Gmail, rather than the dubious email UIs provided by most webhosts.
  6. A good format is @yourdomain.com. This will make it easy to give new people email addresses at your domain if your freelance business expands in the future.
  7. Next up you should create a PayPal account if PayPal is available in your country.
  8. Most online freelancing is paid via PayPal and I consider it a must-have. If you dislike the fees, you can build them into your rates.
  9. If you already have a PayPal account, it might be a good idea to think about changing your address to something linked to your business, i.e. ‘accounts@yourdomain.com’ or ‘paypal@yourdomain.com’.

Day Four: Packages for Producing Profits

Day 3.5:  Pink, Pitches and Pixar

Day Three: Brainstorm Your Business Name