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).

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR AT LONDON FASHION WEEK AW15

London Fashion Week is more than just high-end brands showing at Somerset House. It's a celebration of fashion in the capital and there are tons of really exciting events, shows and exhibitions for freelancers to get involved in. We've compiled a few gems to look out on and off the catwalk so you feel apart of the more prestigious fashion event in the world.

GREAT NEWS FOR OUR MEMBERS' PIGGY BANKS

Great news freelancers!   A lot of changes are coming your way and they will be making your freelancing lives much easier and much cheaper.We have been thinking long and hard on how to make life easier for you our Members, and thought “what would really help our members the most?”. That’s when that little light bulb above our heads went ‘ding’ and thought it has to be…..Discounts!

MAKEUP ARTIST CHARLIE GREEN

    This Week’s inspirational creative freelancer is Celebrity Makeup Artist Charlie Green:   Welcome to our first edition of our Inspirational Freelancer Series;  where we will be selecting inspirational freelancers who we admire and who inspire The Freelancer Club members. We’ll be celebrating their work as well as reflecting on their career and paying homage to their achievements in our own creative way.

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