New freelancers generally have one core focus - survival. Staying in the game long enough to figure out how it all works until you can grow your business is a common journey for many newbies. Over the years, we've helped enough freelancers to know there are a few key approaches, techniques and traits to success. Check out our top 5 ways to freelance like a pro for the inside scoop.
Networking events are a great place to make new contacts but getting stuck chatting to the wrong person or not chatting to anyone at all can be a wasted opportunity. We’ve been producing and attending networking events for over 8 years so we’ve learned a trick or two. Check out our tips on what works and what doesn’t.
Do you feel alone? Do you miss the social interaction of the work place? The idea of freelancing offers so many fantastic benefits. The freedom to travel, work on exciting projects and to be in control of your own destiny. However, we meet more and more freelancers who have opted for the freelance lifestyle only to feel more alone and lost than ever before. Creating the dream life that you envisioned is possible - believe me, I've done it - but it takes more than just a change of work title.
Freelancing can be a lonely business. We often work alone, there's very little support and with new clients coming and going, it's hard to build meaningful working relationships. Aside from the stability of a 9 to 5 job, we find that freelancers often miss the social aspect of working in a company. The office gossip, water cooler chat, work days out and general human interaction with others can be difficult to replace. The Christmas party really brings this home so to combat the festive blues, we thought we'd help out.
Here at the Freelancer Club we get asked about freelance life, how it compares to the 9 to 5 grind and what are the drawbacks. Something that comes up a lot is the question of buying a house and getting a mortgage. To tackle the question of getting a mortgage as a freelancer, we hunted down the guys who know best. Meet Andrew Montlake, Director of Coreco, on the myths of freelance mortgages.
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When you find yourself with more free time than you’re use to, it’s easy to feel at a loss. Whether you’re in between jobs or unemployed, free time is actually something many people wish they had more of. We often don’t realise how lucky we are to have this window of opportunity to do whatever we want. Whether you want to utilise this time in order to make yourself stand out to employers or reconnect with yourself away from the strenuous 9 to 5 routine, here are 10 things you can do between jobs that will leave you feeling optimistic and ready for that new challenge.
Google 'how to freelance' and you'll find a list of articles on how to setup your company or ways to improve your freelance business. They're great. We write most of them; but there's not much out there on the emotional side of freelancing and what one needs to succeed from a psychological perspective. Do you have what it takes to be a successful freelancer? Take a look at the habits of a successful freelancer and see how many boxes you tick.