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.
Running a freelance business comes with enough stresses as it is, so when the unexpected occurs that can affect the day to day running of your business, you need to be prepared. Whether you are a makeup artist, hair stylist, designer or photographer, you need your equipment to complete your job. Imagine what your working day would look like if your entire make-up kit or Macbook Pro went missing? What would you do?
We bet that when you tell your friends that you're a freelancer they picture you waking up around 11am, checking email for an hour then hitting the cafe for a latte, right? Little do they realise who hard freelancers have to work to get ahead so we thought we'd show them. To put right the wrongs and show the world what freelancers actually do, we asked your help in our #MyFreelancerLife campaign and my word did you deliver.
Whether in life or in work, we often like to label ourselves. When someone asks 'what do you do?', we answer in a couple of words when really it would take hours to tell them the truth. Freelancers must be multi skilled in all manner of areas to run their business be it accounts, sales or customer service so why should our multitude of abilities stop there? We spoke with 3 versatile freelancers to ask 'can you afford to be just one thing in an ever evolving freelance economy?'
This Week’s inspirational creative freelancer is Celebrity Makeup Artist Charlie Green: Welcome to our first edition of our Inspirational Freelancer Series; where we will be selecting inspirational freelancers who we admire and who inspire The Freelancer Club members. We’ll be celebrating their work as well as reflecting on their career and paying homage to their achievements in our own creative way.