I'm in the process of setting myself up as a sole trader for sound design services in the south east of England. I've been freelancing for a couple of years and operate a relatively humble setup designed for relatively small-scale projects but have decided recently to establish myself as a small business. My goal is to offer a complete sound design service for those with modest post budgets (independent directors, small video production houses, corporate film-makers, etc.). I'm aiming to keep the rates reasonable by negating the need for overly-elaborate studio complexes and doing the majority of the work from my own residence.
My question to everyone is: In order to start the market research elements of my business plan, are there are any sound designers out there that operate on a similar basis either nationally or internationally? If so, is there any way I can ask a few questions about the operational considerations such a business must take into account (rates of pay, marketing approach, legal factors)?
I would really appreciate any help at all. It's proving very difficult to research identical business models compared to the massive post-houses that top the search rankings. I have a suspicion it's a need-to-know-basis and I really need to know!
Thanks in advance.