Let's be honest, when we first consider a career in the creative sector, 'taking a business course' is rarely top of our priority. We become designers, photographers, makeup artists, fashion stylists, videographers, hair stylists, models or artists because that is what we love to do. It's only when reality hits that we realise we also have to be business savvy to make it work. We're often asked: 'What's the one thing we suggest freelancers do when starting out' and we always give the same answer - GET A MENTOR.
Affordable workspace in an ever-changing working landscape is becoming a key factor for all freelancers. Do creative freelancers providing a service need a workspace? London is pricing so many out but there are innovators accommodating the freelance sector and they're offering much more than just a desk.
"Network to Get Work, baby!" - a deliciously delivered line from the political comedy VEEP. Freelancing is a 'who you know' business and networking is at the heart of that. If you're a Networking newbie and the thought of standing in a room with a bunch of strangers while you stare at your phone and avoid eye contact sends cold sweats down your back, there's an alternative solution.