From an unpaid invoice to a leading creative network
In 2008, Matt Dowling spent his last £300 on a lawyer to recover £11,000 that was owed to him from an unpaid invoice. The
final attempt failed. Matt, a freelance photographer, was in debt, frustrated and desperate. The
story made the paper and freelancers reached out with similar tales. Realising the need for support
and a stop to the exploitation of creative freelancers, the first seeds of Freelancer Club were sown.
Not long after, Matt met Nina, a freelance model who
had her own set of freelance challenges. They shared their experiences and wrote a list of all
the things they wished they had access to when they started out. They always wanted Freelancer Club
to be more than just a jobs board and vowed to dedicate their efforts to freelancers who felt helpless,
lost or frustrated.
Today, Freelancer Club is one of the leading creative networks. Their campaign to end exploitative unpaid work,
#NoFreeWork, has made huge headway and Matt
Dowling has become one of the leading voices in the creative freelance community.
- Build a community who support one another
- Create a platform to showcase creativity
- Never promote unpaid work
- Provide business resources and honest advice
- Fight for the rights of freelancers
- Make freelancers feel valued