The Freelancer Club Blog

WARNING: FREELANCER FEELING LOST!

Nobody likes to admit it but we could all do with a little help from time to time. Freelancing is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling career paths you can take but to stabilise and succeed means listening to the right people. So if you want to build your dream freelance business, here's a few tips to get you on the right track. Should you still wish to speak to a Mentor to discuss your specific situation, take a look at the experts on hand.

FREE DOWNLOAD #NOFREEWORK TWITTER HEADERS

Join our #NOFREEWORK campaign by signing our petition telling us why you're against unpaid work in our industry. Spread the word in style by downloading one of our free to use #NOFREEWORK Twitter headers and adding to your account. They are sized and formatted to fit perfectly as your Twitter Header.

TIPS WHEN HIRING A FREELANCER

Freelancers have been the backbone of the economy for many years and for good reason. Hiring freelancers represents the most cost effective way to get projects done for a fraction of the cost. The freelance boom is allowing companies to thrive, innovate and develop without the risk of hiring full time staff. However, there are pitfalls to avoid when hiring a freelancer and here are a few to consider.

THE MORNING AFTER THE NETWORKING NIGHT BEFORE

Networking events are one of the easiest ways to make new contacts and fill your phone with potential collaborators or clients but what happens next? We've always felt that meeting in person is a stronger connection than via Twitter, for example, so the foundations should be in place for an approach but how do you make the most out of your networking night? To help expedite the process we've compiled a few tips on developing your contacts whether you're looking to collaborate with other freelancers or hoping to land the job.

LEARN FROM CHARLIE GREEN

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.

WHAT IS UNPAID WORK?

The freelance community has long been debating the merits of unpaid work. One side believe that unpaid work provides a vital role in a freelancer’s development through experience and exposure. The other side feels that exposure should be a consequence of a day’s paid work and that the industry is taking advantage of it’s allure to recruit free labour. Throw into the mix the law, the current state of the economy as well as the various nuances of each sector within the freelance industry and you end up with a multi layered, highly complexed mess. What is clear is that nobody has a definitive answer and so began my journey.

WE'VE MORE THAN DOUBLED CREDIT FOR 2015

Refer a Freelancer and earn some serious credit. If you know other freelancers who'd love The Freelancer Club as much as you do, tell them about us and get rewarded. This year, we've more than doubled the amount of credit you'll earn for every recommendation to £5. Plus, the freelancer you recommend will save 50% off the first month's membership or 10% off 6 months (that's only £6.29 per month).

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