Use Your Current Employer As Your First Freelance Client
If you’re nervous about taking the big leap into freelancing or self-employment, consider this: You may already have a client who loves your job and is willing to pay you for it.
This client is your current employer. According to Harvard Business Review, 20 to 25% of the first clients of independent consultants were their former employers. Before you leave, ask your boss if there is a chance the company will work with you if you go alone.
Of course, this depends on a good relationship with your boss. Even if your employer doesn’t become a client, it’s still worth keeping in touch with your old colleagues after you go freelance, because these established connections can prove invaluable in the future when you run into freelancing issues .
7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Freelancer | Harvard Business Review