You will need A PLACE TO WORK. Notice that I did not say “office.” As you may have heard in the podcast, I've had people that work remotely from home and meeting with clients wherever is the most convenient for clients.
You need a COMPUTER -- another obvious item, but I want to mention it anyway. You can decide if you want a desktop or a laptop, there's benefits and drawbacks to each. I won't go to that in detail -- in this form I might do another episode at some point on all the technology decisions there are to make and some of the pros and cons of each.
The fifth key item before you pull the trigger is pretty simple: you need a PHONE that works and you know how to use well.
You need to FIND HELP -- another very broad item. I would put under this item staff -- do you have existing staff you're gonna bring with you or are you hiring new staff members?
The third requirement starts to get into the actual tactics and work to be done. I kind of categorize this number three as plan -- you have to DEVELOP A PLAN.
Number two is very related but I made it its own item -- I call it COMMITMENT. So to be ready to make the move once you've kind of got your mind accepting in the fact that's possible and advantageous for your clients and for you.
The first item I believe you need is the MINDSET and the belief that going independent is the right thing to do for you and your clients -- and that you can do it. So this is sort of the psychology of how you feel about independence.
I’m going to borrow from Tim Ferriss today. If you’re not familiar with Tim, he wrote a book called The 4-Hour Workweek back in 2007, which for years I didn't read--because it sounds kind of scammy. But it’s really just a productivity and the 80/20 rule book. So it’s actually fairly useful and a good book.
Here are some unbiased places to get high quality information about how to successfully establish and run your own practice.
This website is called How To Go Independent. The natural question that I probably should follow that is what does that actually mean? What does it mean to “be independent?”
After six and a half years of having my own practice, and about six years before that pondering having my own practice, I have an understanding in my own head and with the people I talk to regularly what independent means. But a couple things have come up in the last week that have reminded me that anytime you're trying to communicate something that you're very familiar with, you need to do the best to start at the beginning.