Some months I can end up flat out with work, whereas others I can end up with half a days work in a whole month.
I don't know where I really stand with this guy though. He's the type of person who really seems to go out of his way to help people. Although my work helps communicate his designs and present them to his clients in a way they love, I'm not sure how much of the work I get is to help him with his business, and how much is him just being kind and helping me out.
I'm currently looking to expand and start seeking clients of my own to top up my money and really make this a career, but I'm worried about losing the work I currently have, especially as I've just been covering my bills every month and so I haven't had to chance to build up any savings.
I know I can't carry on where I am forever, and I know that the work I'm doing now is only ever a transitional path before I really own the fact I'm self employed and make my job into a career, but it's got to the point now where I really need to take a leap.
To make things worse, although I've got pretty much everything I need to work for myself, I need to invest some money in the following:
Virtual Office - Where I get the use of a physical meeting room I can take clients to, use their postal address for invoices and have my own local landline phone number forwarded to my mobile, all for a monthly fee (albeit a lot cheaper than an actual office) - something I feel will be essential to build trust if I'm asking for some money upfront in what is a pretty niche market.
Website Hosting - Something powerful enough to cope with the fact that images sell my service and so I don't want to have customers leaving my website early due to high loading times from having an image intensive site.
DSLR Camera - This is something I'll need for the work I'm doing, but also I feel is a something I need to use to show professionalism (although i might be able to get away with using my iPhone camera to start with, I don't feel it sends the right image at all).
Business Cards - These I've been designing and have had priced up. To start with, I'm aiming to meet people in person and get them intrigued, before driving them to my website. The website will be optimised as best as I can for a good Google ranking, but I'm going to start with offline marketing together with social media, before learning and implementing other methods.
The issue is that all of these things cost money. I have just managed to get a 0% credit card for 18 months for which the credit limit just covers all of the above, but although I've spent months and months studying and studying to come up with my whole business plan including every specific investment (E.g. Exactly which camera to get after spending weeks reading every review, watching every Youtube video I could find), it seems scary and extravagant to be able to buy everything I need in an hour or so if I wanted to, when I know a lot of thought has gone into every decision and I shouldn't feel this way.
I know I've got to speculate to accumulate and the more professional my business when I launch it, the easier it will be to become established and the harder it will be to copy, but I'm feeling the pressure of spending money on this when I effectively haven't had a disposable income for 18 months.
I've also gone to silly levels of detail with my business and marketing plan as a result of having cold feet for months.
Any tips on making the jump?