Freelancing can be a lonely pursuit. Being your own boss is fantastic but you miss out on so many perks that come from working with others. Socially, it can be isolating, no after work drinks or office parties. From a business perspective, it can be hard to focus with so many distractions at home or in coffee shops and networking is practically nonexistent.
Freelancers are traditionally seen as lone wolves. Nomads of the creative world. Roaming from job to job, working on trains or fending off the glare of the coffee shop owner when you've overstayed your welcome. Our members are generally on the move or on location so why would a creative freelancer require a place to work?
With so many illustrator styles out there, it can be difficult to carve your own niche to stand out in the competitive illustration market.
A shocking 80% of freelancers fail in the first 18 months of business because of a lack of business know-how, research reveals. It’s a tough statistic to swallow, but don’t let it put you off. Here are five freelance success tips to bring out the entrepreneur in you.
Over the course of a year, the Freelancer Club will appear in print, exhibitions, industry talks, panels, radio interviews, university lectures and everything else in between. The topics range from The Truth Behind Freelancing to Making Money with Twitter. Time and time again, the number one question we're asked across the board is:
Work from home jobs in the UK are becoming a genuine option for new mums looking to get back to work. New mums tend to have new goals and new priorities once the baby arrives which make the next career step a very important one. Genuine work from home jobs mean flexibility which, as all mums will attest to, is vital with little ones running amuck.
Freelancing is often seen as a male dominated pursuit. This is particularly evident in the IT and trade sectors (plumbing, carpenters etc...). However, the creative sector bucks the trend, in fact, it would seem the women are taking over across the board.
Most people associate learning with textbooks and gaining knowledge. However there are a lot of lessons that you can take from a training course to the world of freelancing. Being your own boss sounds like the ultimate dream for some people but the truth is, you will need to apply a wealth of other practices and mindsets in order to really thrive within the freelance world.