Starting out as a freelancer is often the result of following a passion. Rarely does a fledgeling freelancer express a desire to sort out their accounts, file their taxes or plan marketing strategies. Business tends to come into focus at a later stage. However, understanding the basics and knowing a bit of business jargon can help a freelancer no end. Here's our rough guide on blagging it as a freelancer.
There are various grants for business in the UK, but those aimed at directing their funding to women entrepreneurs seem to be shutting up shop.
Flexible working is the new way of working. In 2014, the Government enforced a new law allowing all employees to request flexible working from their employer. Here at Vrumi, we accommodate flexible workers with flexible workspace, and we’re seeing plenty of people (from full-time employees to full-time freelancers) making the most of flexible working.
When you think about the process of learning, this usually includes a classroom and a teacher stood at the front with a whiteboard. However with the power to shop, read and communicate digitally, there’s no surprise that online learning has become an option many people are turning to.
Being a freelancer isn’t as easy as being self-employed. In fact, it’s quite the juggling act. Sure you’ve got incredible experience within your field, but are you prepared to manage your own finances, liaise with multiple clients or manage a potentially damaging attack on social media? These are facets that freelancers can take for granted. The good news is there are a number of courses that can teach you more about what goes into these skills. Here at Training and Courses, we have narrowed down what we think are five essential skills all freelancers should have as they venture into this self sufficient world.
Virtual networking has become one of the most relevant online trends over the last few years. Not only do social media sites provide a great way to connect with friends and families, sharing funny cat videos and your latest lunch conquest, but they can also offer amazing opportunities for professional online networking.
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.