The Freelancer Club Blog

FIVE OF THE UK'S TOP CO-WORKING SPACES

Top co-working spaces in the UK aren't hard to find in such a competitive market. However, it's tough to know which to choose. The amount of freelancers in the UK has recently hit a whopping 4.5 million, yet freelancing as a career path can be a lonely business. For this reason, the UK’s co-working space industry has gone from strength to strength with 60% of co-working spaces planning expansion over the next year, according to a recent study by Deskmag.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A MENTOR

Business mentoring is now backed by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills and is recognised as an important factor in professional development. Studies have shown that most people who succeed do so with the support and guidance of another and indeed many of history’s most influential people have had a mentor at some point in their career.

TALKING TELEVISION WITH BILL SMITH

Bill Smith believes that local TV means local democracy. He has been campaigning over the past few years for Brighton to have its own television channel and has finally managed to gain the government grants required to make this happen. Latest TV launches this summer and Bill believes it will bring with it a “democratic force in the city that you don’t get from other forms of media.”

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW, IT'S WHO YOU KNOW

Contacts are the lifeblood of every freelancer and if you’re address book is looking a little sparse, you may need to reach for the respirator. But breath easy; we’ve got the top 5 tips on making, keeping and using contacts till your hearts content and finding work in the industry.

THE COMPROMISE BETWEEN ART AND BUSINESS

Do you consider yourself to be a creative or a business person? Can you be both? The relationship between art and business has always been tenuous - many artists see what they do as an endeavour of the spirit rather than a means for capital gain and as a result, expressions such as ‘sell out’ are all too often chucked around.

FREELANCE ADVICE - ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL

Freelance Advice. Can you remember the moment you thought ‘I know, I think I’ll become a freelancer’? I’d imagine a feeling of liberation coursed through your entire body. Soon, that feeling of excitement and turns to reality. Now is the time to start planning.

PREPARE FOR THE LGBT BRIDAL BOOM

From photographers to bakers, table planners to dressmakers, weddings can be a lusciously illustrious source of income for creative businesses. March 29th provided even more scope for freelancers working within the bridal industry, as the Same Sex Marriage Act was pushed through parliament.

MAXIMIZE OUTPUT BY BALANCING COMMITMENTS

For many, freelancing is something extra done on the side of full or part time work and it can be difficult to balance the two, especially if there is very little cross-over. While it may seem the more work you have, the better, it is important not to over-commit yourself, as you could risk jeopardising the quality and integrity of the finished product.

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