Freelancing while at University has become a genuine alternative to working behind a bar or in a coffee shop. It's flexible, pays well and allows students to develop their skills whilst studying. A student who can offer a freelance service can often earn more than a student working a part-time job whilst improving their craft. We caught up with student Maria Chirica who has started developing a freelance modelling career during her studies. She talks about how she got started, balancing study with freelance work and tips about being a student freelancer. [read-more]
The rewards of freelancing are highly appealing. Flexible hours, plenty of travel, more time with the kids and doing something you actually like to do every day. It all sounds pretty great! If only we didn't have to pay the bills. The pressure to make enough money is a constant companion for a freelancer and an area many prefer to simply ignore.
Todoist is an app designed for freelancers who find it hard to focus when not out on a job. They've teamed up with us to help Freelancer Club Members stay focused and get through their to-do list every day. We've been playing with it for a couple of weeks and, my word, it feels good when you tick a task off the list. Here are their top tips when it comes to increasing productivity.
No morning commute, working in PJs, and a home-cooked meal for lunch. Working from home is a big draw for freelancers. It undoubtedly has its benefits. Get up when you want, wear your slipper socks all day and never miss a delivery again! But what about the perks of an office environment? The water-cooler gossip, interaction with the outside world, working in a team and a structured working life. How do freelancers prevent the isolation of working from home becoming a problem and severely affecting health and mental wellbeing?
If you’re just starting out in freelancing it can be tough to know exactly how much to charge and what your hourly or day rate should be. What makes it more difficult is that you want to get it right the first time to avoid any issues such as over or under or overcharging in the future.
PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE, PRESENTATION AND BRAND In today’s digital age, a website is an essential tool for any freelancer, in the eyes of a future employer if you don’t have a website then you don’t exist.
Employers consider a number of factors when choosing a freelancer for a job. Not least is the presentation of the application. Your profile is the first thing an employer will see and a deal breaker when it comes to landing the job or not. Click the video to learn more (sound required)
In the last few years, employers have started enquiring about freelancers who have a strong social media influence. Why? Because the job often involves creating content and the employer not only wants professional work done on budget but would also like to promote the work to as many people as possible. Play the video to learn more (sound required)