4th of July Special: Top Tips Roundup on Becoming Independent

Happy 4th of July! While Americans are celebrating the declaration of independence of the United States, we’re serving you a dish of top tips for when you’re ready to declare your own independence and self-employment.

243 years ago on the 4th of July, the United States of America declared independence from Great Britain. Tomorrow, millions of Americans will be hosting BBQ’s with their friends and family enjoying a cold beer and fireworks. Here at Elementor, we thought we would celebrate with our community in a different way. ​

We reached out to our community and asked: 

We got some great answers and want to share them with you because these are real people with real life experiences that we can all relate to. 

Without further delay, here are the top 15 tips from our very own Elementors.

Russel Snyder

Russel Snyder

“Build a body of work that you can show off, even if it’s a small portfolio, even if you had to do the sites for free just to make a portfolio.”

Sophie Stapleton

Sophie Stapleton

“Evaluate yourself first and foremost to ensure being self employed is for you.”

Richard Genck

Richard Genck

“Network with other small business owners.”

Sophie Stapleton

Sophie Stapleton

“Network, network and network. Go to meetings of chambers of commerce, join BNI, start up communities and bring your business cards. 

Besides that, never stop learning. Join lots of different facebook groups like Elementor, seo, speed optimisation and marketing.”

Angel G. Zinsel

Angel G. Zinsel

@garzinan

“Focus on what you excel and leave behind the things you simply do well.”

Sampi Kamffer

Sampi Kamffer

@sampikamffer

“If you don’t value your work, others won’t either.”

LYF Solutions

LYF Solutions

@LYFsolutions

“Remember to also take care of the number one client, you. Self-care is very important for you and for your other clients who rely on you to deliver exceptional work.”

Azahan Rosedy

Azahan Rosedy

@azahan

“Don’t be held back by the Impostor Syndrome”

Maargie Van Dongen

Maargie Van Dongen

@annemriemdd

“Keep pushing, adapting & learning. Be 1000x more organised than your customers and..don’t forget to have fun on the way

Surenomics

Surenomics

@beenomics

“Find your niche and communicate in channels that matter to them.”

JB Design Studio

JB Design Studio

@jb_designstudio

“One of the most important life skills to develop, for those just starting out as freelancers, is the skill of self-discipline.”

Anthony Godinho

Anthony Godinho

@ajgodinho

“Love what you do with a passion!”

Christian Behrends

Christian Behrends

@webdevtrust

“Learn that networking and selling yourself can be fun.”

Mika Novo

Mika Novo

@mikanovo

“Just do it. You can always go back to a regular job.”

Fábio Lopes

Fábio Lopes

@fabioel89

“My first tip is believe. Before you take action you must seed everyday something towards that new reality. While doing that you will be convincing yourself that you can do it. So create that believe and take action 💪😊”

A huge thanks goes to everyone who participated and shared their self-employed tips.
If you have any more tips, feel free to add them in the comments below.

About the Author

Lisa Raz
Lisa Raz
Lisa Raz is Elementor's Social Media Manager. She is a proud Canadian, an amateur watercolour artist and loves to discover new cities around the world.

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3 Responses

  1. Really encouraging!
    I started my business several moths ago and, of course, my website with Elementor!!
    Being self-employed sometimes leaves me lonely and kind of lost feeling.
    However, watching your YouTube and reading email tips really helps me, evaluating what I’m doing and how I’m supposed to change for better and so on.
    BIG love from Japan,
    mamie

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