Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune once said "Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth." In other words, not all advice is worth taking. With over 20 years of experience in the freelance sector, we've been given a lot of 'advice' and dished out our fair share. Here are a few gems we urge you to avoid.
The man behind Freelancer Club and ex-fashion photographer of over 12 years, Matt Dowling, talks about his time as a photographer, directing divas, alternative techniques when working with models and how to produce pro images out of the most nervous of subjects. Model direction, the unconventional way.
How to become a freelancer? You're talented at what you do but how to turn that into a business that gives you the income, flexibility and satisfaction that comes with the freelance lifestyle? We’ve all thought about pursuing our dreams only to dismiss the idea as fantasy and end up sticking with the 'safe' option. Rent, a mortgage, kids, bills... the list of reasons not to follow your ambitions are endless. Did you know that on average freelancers earn £52,000 per year? It's how you set up your freelance business that generally dictates your success and we've 3 key tips to get you thinking.
Waking up in the morning and being your own boss sometimes seems almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? Nobody to answer to, organising your day at your own pace, working on projects as and when you see fit, not having to deal with office politics... there are many perks to living the sole trader dream. Here are a few of the benefits and limitations you may want to consider.
It’s almost here! London Fashion Week will soon be upon us and we have the ultimate freelancer's guide for you to make the most out of LFW. We’ve put together the best places to be; whether you're here to mingle with the big players, network with the pros or looking for inspiration to kick-start that new project. See our three categories below and find out where the best places are for you during the most exciting week in fashion!
This week, we’re hosting the next in our series of Freelancer Breakfast Club discussion meetups. These groups are intimate forums for members to discuss the real challenges that face them in their freelance lives. This time the topic on the table is ‘Money Talk’.
What expenses can i claim? If you're new to freelancing, the concept of freelancer expenses might be a little confusing and possibly a bit daunting - but they don't need to be. If you think expenses sound like a fancy word that’s only swung about in big businesses, you’re wrong. As a freelancer (sole-trader or limited company), no matter the size of your business, you’re eligible to claim expenses too. Expenses are a purchase related to your business that is often made using your personal money or business bank account. The rules for claiming expenses depend on whether you’re a sole trader or limited company.
We speak with 100s of clients and businesses every week at Freelancer Club and we are constantly exploring why one freelancer gets the job and the others don't. We've also noticed how some freelancers are harming their chances of landing the job with their application. To help improve your odds, we've put together a list of pro tips on how to apply for freelance jobs. Enjoy