A Guide to Becoming a Freelance Tradesperson in New Zealand

If you are a bricklayer, plumber, electrician or plasterer and you are looking for more than your current employer can offer, have you ever thought about self-employment? It has never been easier to set up on your own and in this short article, we outline the process of becoming a freelance tradesperson.

Register with the government

Of course, you need to come up with a name for your new venture; there are numerous ways to register a business, including a sole trader, which would be the most suitable. This can be done online and once registered, you can start to plan your marketing strategy. 

Tools and equipment

Once you have your vehicle, contact Icon Signs today and they can quote for the vehicle signage, which will be a major source of enquiries. Make sure that you have all the tools and equipment needed to work on any project and take out an insurance policy to cover theft/loss.

Be customer focused

Your reputation is everything in business and being self-employed means you are relying on recommendations and even if it means losing money, making the customer happy should be your goal. If you are confident in your workmanship, why not issue a long warranty to give your customers peace of mind?

The power of social media

We recommend setting up a Facebook page to promote your business; post images and content on a daily basis and don’t forget to reply to all comments to improve client interaction. You will also need a website to add credibility to your business; if you are unable to do that, hire a local web designer who can definitely build you a professional-looking website.

Bookkeeping & accountancy

Of course, you must keep records of all business transactions; you can hire a local accountant to do your bookkeeping and file your tax returns when the time comes. Do not make the mistake of thinking you can do your bookkeeping at a later date, as it is oh so easy to fall behind and that would lead to a real mess!

It might be tough at the outset, but as time passes and you become more established, you should establish a good name within the local community.

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