Tech Company Start – Step Three: Go Pro

At this point, you’re an independent contractor field technician. Congratulations!! You did it! Feel free to give yourself a big pat on the back.

Now it’s time to take it to the next level.

To master this game, you will need to be a legitimate business. This means looking the part:

  • LLC
  • Company Branding (website, logo, “uniform”, etc)
  • Draw up a standardized contract
  • Brochures, Pamphlets, Lift Cards and other marketing hand-out type stuff
  • Business cards

Important Note: All of the before mentioned on-line platforms have strict policies against “poaching.” Do not leave your business cards with end-users when working jobs from the platforms. You are not representing your company when on these jobs. You are representing the company that is paying for you to service their client and you will be penalized, possibly banned from the platform if you try to poach their clients. Grow your business on your time, not theirs.

Getting your business set up as a corporation is actually a fairly simple, straight-forward process. Get on the internet and look up your state’s corporation commission. You will find the process and necessary paperwork to file on that site. Depending on where you live, you can file for an LLC for as little as $50. Each state has different fees and rules which are all explained and handled via the Corporation Commission for that state.

Company branding entails more than just your logo. Your company’s brand is going to have it’s own reputation. To succeed in this game, you need to dedicate time and energy toward improving that reputation for as long as the company exists. The best way to improve is to find out from your clients where they see room for improvement. Each client that signs a contract with your company needs to be given the opportunity to provide feedback in an “emotionally free zone.”

Get a signed contract before doing even a minute of work for a client. A signed contract defines:

  • What services you will provide
  • The site or location(s) that will receive those services
  • The schedule of delivery for those services
  • Any “Service Level Agreement” time frames involved
  • How much the client will be expected to pay for services rendered
  • The payment schedule
  • Intellectual Property rights, where applicable
  • And a whole bunch of other things

There are a lot of questions answered by a well thought out, clearly written and finely tuned contract. My contract has been tweaked and adapted many times over the past few years and will continue to go through revision and modification for as long as I am in business.

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