The Freelancer Club Blog

THE IMPACT OF HUSTLE CULTURE

Is there such a thing as a work-work balance? Like the thrill of a giant roller coaster, chasing down clients, securing new projects and reaching new career heights is an exciting ride, but after a while, that queasy feeling catches up with you and the rush wears off. Since becoming a freelance writer, I’ve never experienced that pre-work Sunday night anxiety, I tend to feel it from Monday through to Friday! The stress of my workload whilst on the lookout for new opportunities weighs heavy on my mind. While I always allocate time to job searching, hustling to find new clients has a tendancy to get in the way of the work that I already have going on. 

FREELANCING IS MY REAL JOB - WHAT NOT TO SAY TO A FREELANCER

Most of my friends think I wake up at noon, tinker on the laptop for an hour before sauntering down to my local cafe for a Skinny Cappuccino. They are of the mind that the most stressful part of my day is when a splash of Almond milk finds its way onto my copy of Stylist magazine. When I tell them I clocked in over 80 hours this week and haven’t had a weekend since last year, I am met with a raised eyebrow.

HOW DO FREELANCE PARENTS DO IT?

Once you’ve wrapped your head around the financial support that expecting parents are entitled to, the reality of being a new parent while balancing a freelance career can start to sink in. Freelancers will know how hard it can be juggling a variety of clients and projects, so the thought of doing all of that with a baby in tow can be daunting, to say the least. But don’t fear. Having children while freelancing is manageable, and with a little organisation, it can even be a more balanced option than working full-time while being a new parent.

SURVIVING A FREELANCE CHRISTMAS

Christmas is just around the corner and it's a strange time for freelancers. December can be a demotivating period of the year particularly as the days grow shorter, most businesses are winding down and you've got one eye on a large brandy by the fire. But wait! Before you fall into a festive stupor, December can be a great time for freelancers and we're going to show you why! 

EDITORIAL VERSUS COMMERCIAL SHOOT

What is the difference between an Editorial Shoot and Commercial Shoot? We get asked this question a lot and, although many of you may have heard the term or even shot in one or both formats, there is still plenty of confusion around the terminology, format, and outcome. Here's the lowdown.

MY CREATIVE NETWORK

Creative Network 101. While independence is what inspires many freelance creatives to pursue a self-employed career, having a supportive, creative network of fellow like-minded freelancers is essential. However, for freelancers, forming those types of tribes, communities, and connections can be difficult. Welcome to the awkward-free way of networking.

ARE FREELANCERS MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO HARASSMENT AT WORK?

In the era of #MeToo, we are all becoming more aware and empathetic of sexual harassment in the workplace. A recently published personal anecdote detailed the horrific story of one female freelance journalist who experienced being sexually harassed by a famous man while attempting to interview him at his flat. The incident made her realise that “most (women) do not take legal action,” and she puts this down to “cost and lack of evidence” as well as the “he said, she said” aspect that accompanies cases that “often take place behind closed doors.”

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