The Freelancer Club Blog

HOW TO BECOME A FREELANCER (DOING WHAT YOU LOVE)

How to become a freelancer? You're talented at what you do but how to turn that into a business that gives you the income, flexibility and satisfaction that comes with the freelance lifestyle? We’ve all thought about pursuing our dreams only to dismiss the idea as fantasy and end up sticking with the 'safe' option. Rent, a mortgage, kids, bills... the list of reasons not to follow your ambitions are endless. Did you know that on average freelancers earn £52,000 per year? It's how you set up your freelance business that generally dictates your success and we've 3 key tips to get you thinking. 

THE BENEFITS OF BEING A SOLE TRADER

Waking up in the morning and being your own boss sometimes seems almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? Nobody to answer to, organising your day at your own pace, working on projects as and when you see fit, not having to deal with office politics... there are many perks to living the sole trader dream. Here are a few of the benefits and limitations you may want to consider.

THE ULTIMATE FREELANCER'S GUIDE TO LONDON FASHION WEEK

It’s almost here! London Fashion Week will soon be upon us and we have the ultimate freelancer's guide for you to make the most out of LFW. We’ve put together the best places to be; whether you're here to mingle with the big players, network with the pros or looking for inspiration to kick-start that new project. See our three categories below and find out where the best places are for you during the most exciting week in fashion!

FREELANCERS TALK MONEY, RATES & PRESSURE

This week, we’re hosting the next in our series of Freelancer Breakfast Club discussion meetups. These groups are intimate forums for members to discuss the real challenges that face them in their freelance lives. This time the topic on the table is ‘Money Talk’. 

WHAT EXPENSES CAN I CLAIM?

If you think expenses sounds like a fancy word that’s only swung about in big businesses, you’re wrong. As a freelancer (sole-trader or limited company), no matter the size of your business, you’re eligible to claim expenses too. Expenses are a purchase related to your business that is often made using your personal money or business bank account. The rules for claiming expenses depend on whether you’re a sole trader or limited company.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FREELANCE JOBS

We speak with 100s of clients and businesses every week at Freelancer Club and we are constantly exploring why one freelancer gets the job and the others don't. We've also noticed how some freelancers are harming their chances of landing the job with their application. To help improve your odds, we've put together a list of pro tips on how to apply for freelance jobs. Enjoy

WORK AT LONDON FASHION WEEK

Work at London Fashion Week is often seen as the pinnacle of a freelance fashionista's career so it's no wonder that thousands of creative freelancers aim to find work at LFW every season. The benefits of working at Lon Fashion Week include the experience gained, the prestige of work at an elite fashion show, the credit and the pay but landing those coveted London Fashion Week jobs is no easy feat. Here are our top 5 ways of vastly improving your chances of finding work at London Fashion Week.

A VISUAL JOURNEY FROM 1st TO LAST IMAGE

What does your portfolio say about you as a freelancer? Is it a visual CV, a trophy cabinet or something else? Does the work remind you of a particular time in your career, a certain client, a moment of pride or realisation – perhaps the project that changed everything? 

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