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.
Do you have a skill that you'd like to share with the world and make money doing it? Great. Freelancing could be tailor made for you. How to become a freelancer is the next question so let's jump straight in.
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.