Starting up your own practice can be quite daunting especially if you have always been employed and so had regular income.
It took me about 6 months to go from AICB to MICB and then my husband had to push me to take the plunge into self employment!
I started up my practice last June and i was probably very lucky as my first client came from a phone call out of the blue the beginning of July, as they had seen me on Linkedin.
Since then I have done alot of advertising and i also spent a lot of time on my website at the beginning. I also invested in Google Adwords which can be pretty expensive if you get a lot of clicks but it is certainly worth it to get your website on page 1/2 of Google.
A year down the line I now have 12 clients.
3 of those clients came from referrals from accountants as I made sure i contacted my local accountants and asked to be part of a referral scheme.
It is a rollercoaster ride but one that you will enjoy completely! I would never go back to being employed as I love being self employed now.
Good luck, it is hard work to get off the ground but worth it in the end