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Matthewd29

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Hi guys I have been thinking about going out on my own for a while now and I feel like I've had enough of working for the all important boss man, i was just wondering if any of you had any advice or help on going out in my own. All comments great appreciated thanks.
 

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factor in about £100/week for overheads.. van,insurances, etc. then work out what you need as a weekly income, bearing in mind that on average you will have 40 weeks earning per year. divide the weekly income + £100 by 40 to come up with a hourly rate. that will be the minimum hourly charge to the customer.
 

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Start off with as little expenditure as possible and a good dose of capital to help you along.

Get free listings on the web asap especially ones that you can collect reviews on, and encourage reviews from all customers. I get a large proportion of work from my web reviews when people do searches.

Treat the early slack days as a day at work. If you have no work, spend it trying to generate work through whatever means.

Set out your rates and stick to them, you'll soon get to be a dogsbody for skinflints if you try to be the lowest price.
 

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to be competitive, your hourly rate should be £20 - £30. usual to charge £40 - £45 for 1st hour to cover travel.
 

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Take a look at the business section on the forum. There have been loads of threads like this.

As for overheads factor in £25 per day , assuming you have a vehicle you own ...
 
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Thanks again I'll take a look there. Already have my own van and hand/power tools as they were required for my previous job
 

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Keep all receipts and keep track of expenditure and anything you can claim for, you will need insurance so factor that in.
 

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Here's one for you that I've found to be really useful:
I keep a daily record of journeys - date, mileage, destination, time out, time in..
Perhaps a tad over the top but invaluable if you can't remember where you've been on a particular date...
 

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Are you planning to focus on domestic and small commercial?

For Belfast area being an NIC EIC Approved Contractor may be of benefit. I've a couple of mates who are sole traders in Belfast area and they get a lot more work now because of it.
 

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Best advice I can give is DO IT! :)
Dont be scared by the thought of having to fend for yourself, or rather do be a bit scared but do it anyway.
I gave up my job 8 months ago and it feels bloody great being my own boss.
Give it a go, if it doesnt work out then you go back back to a paid position!
 
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Thanks everyone for the comments! I have to admit it feels like a big step but I think it's best that a I give it a go rather than put it off
 
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