'Test Shoot' - a collaboration amongst creatives to produce images for the purpose of (non-commercial) portfolio use. Test shooting is how freelancers gain experience, develop their skills, produce portfolio work to show what they can do and a great way to meet others in the industry. We spoke to nail artist and Freelancer Club member, Shiene Mann, to hear her test shoot story.
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.