|after all the [mostly employed] people scaring you off going it alone the business/freelance hybrid is quite a natural fit.
you can pick up a gig as a freelancer, but then if there's follow-up opportunities you can pitch it through your business: often when you're friendly with the people contracted to they will sometimes ask "do you know somebody who can do this or get that..." they'll often ask you before going back to an agent, guess who their new agent is? if you need people to help you, use other freelancers / contract part timers as much as possible, saves all that employment benefit stuff.
the record keeping is not that much harder than freelance, same rules, document and keep everything. likely you already have an accountant [in mind], find out if they have a preferred package, get a copy or access and bang the info in for them (you'll save on their fees for data entry and probably pick up a feel / opportunities for doing some of the simpler reporting yourself - saves more.) dunno why everyone is scared of accounts, it's the easiest mathematics and there's cheap / online packages that can do the allocation & reporting for you.
yes it's true business is 24/7, last thing you think about before you sleep, first thing you think about when you wake up, good days and bad days, but at the end you're totally in control. ever been in a company going tits-up and wondered why they don't do this or that, don't listen to your suggestions... well guess what, if you see an answer no ones going to tell you to go away mind your own business because, well, it IS your business.
sometimes you'll feel like you have no money, but should you need anything, new equipment, car, clothes you'll just go out and get it because somehow those things take care of themselves. (in fact having money is sometimes a bigger worry than not because you'll have to about pay tax, but spend it on the business and that goes away - which is better? giving that money in return for an asset or giving to the government and getting nothing but a receipt in return?)
finally job opportunity: if they really want you it's your turn to become the hirer, "sounds like a good project, if you were to offer it to my business I could start next week." (never say today/tomorrow).
(also doing that completely removes HR from the process. HR, totally clueless about what you are expected to do, their first task is to scare and dominate the new hire into believing how small you are [and how powerful HR is], that you are the last in so will be first out, that you are on probation so don't bring in your photos and pot plants till HR (dead wrong) confirms you, that you're expected to report daily at like a trained lap dog... on an on, regardless of skill level HR treats you like the most junior of newbies and HR is watching you like you were a 2 year old kid and make you believe HR (dead wrong again) can kick you out with the flick of their pen... forking idiots, got to dominate the staff while fresh so they remember who is the boss - well it's never HR, HR is a service department and has no power ever ... sorry, I go on, I really despise HR.)
anyway I say follow your dreams,
when you're young:
- should it go wrong you can still recover (and when old likely something you'll laugh about)
OTOH when you're old dreams you didn't follow ALWAYS become regrets and make you miserable
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