So you’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and become a freelancer. Fantastic! There is so much to be gained when working for yourself – creative freedom, flexible working hours and an abundance of opportunities to engage with people that a 9 to 5 desk job just can’t offer. There are so many industries where freelancers can thrive in. Even better is the knowledge that these jobs can be done from anywhere in the world. Of course, experience is vital and a working knowledge of your chosen freelance path will make you a trusted entity resulting in more jobs and clients.
There was a time when being a freelance professional was an ideal way of earning a comfortable living without being restricted to one employer. Effectively you sold your specialist services to a market that paid a fair rate. In more recent times, the make-up artist, hair stylist or even skilled photographer has seen a dramatic step change in the economic culture that’s made it much more challenging to build a successful freelance career.
This is the year of the freelancer, with around 4.2 million people in the UK now classing themselves as self-employed. As such, competition is steep and it has never been more important to stand out from the crowd and find work in the industry. There are countless articles telling you how to do this: