The Freelancer Club Blog

NO MONEY, BIG PROBLEMS

The rewards of freelancing are highly appealing. Flexible hours, plenty of travel, more time with the kids and doing something you actually like to do every day. It all sounds pretty great! If only we didn't have to pay the bills. The pressure to make enough money is a constant companion for a freelancer and an area many prefer to simply ignore.

SETTING FREELANCE RATES AS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Setting your graphic design rates is no easy task. It’s a bug bear that stops most new freelance graphic designers in their tracks. Especially for freelance rates, graphic design has some specific nuances that should be considered whilst using conventional freelance rates calculators can be way off. Here are a few pointers to help you find your true worth to hit that sweet spot to succeed. 

SELF ASSESSMENT TIPS FOR FREELANCERS 2016

No sooner have you settled back into work after a festive break do you have to take care of your Self Assessment. 31st of January is the cut off point in case you missed the billboards dotted around the UK and there is a £100 fine if you miss the deadline with an additional £10 per day for 90 days thereafter. To make the process as painless as possible we've put a checklist together for you to follow.

CALCULATE YOUR HOURLY BOTTOM LINE

What you are worth and what your bottom line is are two very different things. The main difference is that the former relates to your value while the latter is a calculation to determine what you need to charge in order to sustain your current standard of living. The beauty of this little bottom line formula is that you can adjust it to find out what you need to charge per hour to live what to charge to achieve the life you'd like to live.

HOW TO GET PAID ON TIME

Getting paid (on time) is one of the biggest frustrations our members have to deal with. Along with the freedom of being your own boss comes the hassle of staying on top of your invoices and finances in general. Many freelancers still use the basic methods of emailing an invoice made via Word or Google Docs making without any tracking process. Other freelancers use an online tool to monitor payments. However you oversee your invoices, you've undoubtedly got a story of a late payment, a non payment or a dispute with a company about money. We feel your pain. We've been there (trust us). We've also done the research to help.

LATE PAYMENTS AND EQUAL RIGHTS FOR FREELANCERS

The recent general election was influenced by many things - Grant Schapps’ multiple identities, Ed Miliband’s multiple kitchens, David Cameron’s multiple favourite football clubs - but one of the biggest deciding factors when the ballots were cast was business support. While the  Conservatives adopted a visibly pro-business stance, Labour focused on how they would punish the handful of big businesses needing a slap on the wrist, rather than how they would support the millions needing a leg-up.

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