The gig economy is still booming. Did you think that as a CPA you might be able to strike out on your own and work freelance? Many accounting professionals are taking their future into their own hands and working contract. If you think you might be ready to make that jump, there are a few things that can allow the transition to go smoothly. Here are a few ways you can become a freelance CPA in 2019.
Don’t burn bridges.
If you’re leaving a corporate role to strike out on your own, be sure you don’t burn it all down on your way out the door. You never know when your previous employer can become a partner or asset to you as you work for yourself. This is most important when it comes to finding clients. Don’t poach. You’ll destroy the relationship or, at worst, be in breach of any non-compete you’ve signed which can cause you a lot of problems in the future.
Be a subject matter expert.
When you work for yourself, you have to develop your own reputation. The best way to get started with this is to build a website, establish yourself on the social media platforms, and write. You should have a blog, but you should also publish posts on LinkedIn to encourage readers to share them.
When you’re sourcing new business as a freelance CPA, don’t start by targeting the end users. Unless you hang out your shingle and expect individuals to come to you, begin building your business by approaching firms who might need short-term freelance CPA help. This is a great way to build your reputation and spread the word of mouth that you’re worth contacting for your expertise.
Partner with a staffing agency.
If you want to freelance, you should also partner with a staffing firm that specializes in CPA placements in your area. They can help you find temporary gigs to fill in the gaps while you continue to build your business. They can be your best partner for growing your own business as you will be helping one another.
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