It’s been said that you can find a coffee shop on every single corner in New York City. While I may not have been there myself to know if this really is true, it seems undeniable that communal caffeine intake is a huge part of the city’s culture. However, no matter how many cafés you may come across, it can be difficult for freelancers to find one with the right amount of space and plug sockets, that doesn’t want you to leave the second you’ve collected your drink, let alone one that is happy for you to plop down your laptop for a few hours!
What is a test shoot? We get asked this question all the time and, worryingly, when we flip the question around, we get the wrong answer more often than not. Knowing what a test shoot is, how they work, why they are important to your brand, portfolio and career, and the best practices around test shooting will set you up for successful freelance life.
Vicki Wallis, The Fashion Business Coach and founder of Freelancing Simplified, shares her strategy & toolkit on the most essential soft skills for freelancers to secure satisfied and returning customers.
One of the key parts of a freelancer’s tool kit is their soft-skills as they can help you to navigate the freelance world safely, collaborate with others and hold onto clients for a long time. Since these social skills have a tendency to degrade over time, the recent pandemic lockdowns have left a lot of us trying to remember how to interact with others again. While you don't need to be a master conversationalist or an organisational guru, there are certain soft-skills that every freelancer should have in their repertoire.
Do you struggle to motivate yourself when you work from home? Do you hate working long hours alone in your living room for days on end? Though co-working spaces were designed as a solution to these very problems, they can often get very expensive to use on a regular basis. If you’re trying to save a few pennies and can’t take the isolation of remote working anymore, working from a coffee shop can provide you with a similar experience on a budget - along with the added benefits of endless coffee and comfier seating!
Those pesky hipsters got it right. There’s nothing quite like being there “before they were famous” and getting to watch somebody’s career journey as they develop their abilities and confidence. For a lot of industries, it can be hard to demonstrate the progress you’ve made since the beginning of your career but at the Freelancer Club, your profile is a great way to visualize the evolution of your work.
After the last few years of pandemic restrictions, it’s understandable that people are feeling a little disconnected from each other. This separation can often have an impact on our creativity, and stifle the growth of our businesses, whether as a freelancer or a client. While some may think that hiring a freelancer is all about matching their skills to a particular task, it’s equally important to determine the kinds of personalities that you enjoy working with. Cultivating strong, long-term relationships with compatible freelancers will always produce better results for your business.
Late payments or none at all? It’s the bane of every freelancer’s life. Time spent chasing invoices whilst keeping clients happy, struggling to pay bills due to cashflow issues and feeling a growing sense of resentment having worked so hard on a project. All is not lost. There are people out there supporting freelancers and fighting back. Liz Barclay, the Small Business Commissioner and a well-known broadcaster, is one of them.