For anyone interested in pursuing alternatives to traditional employment, it can seem like there’s a lot of confusing business terminology to get your head around. Is ‘freelance’ the same as ‘self employed’? What about contractors? What’s the difference between a sole trader and a limited company? Are sole traders self employed? Are freelancers employees..? What the hell is a solopreneur?!
In many ways, the freelance revolution has been great for gender equality. It’s no wonder that more and more (especially young) women are going freelance. It’s a tantalising opportunity for empowerment - working for yourself with flexibility and freedom, whilst escaping the hierarchies of corporate work. Utopia - am I right? Not quite.
Has lockdown made you realise how little time you got to spend with your family in a full time job? Or how much you don’t miss your daily commute?
I don’t like the term ‘soft skills’. It gives the impression of something rather vague, fluffy and...well, weak. In reality, soft skills are crucial for building a successful freelance career.
As lockdown restrictions are finally easing, freelance models, photographers, stylists, hair and makeup artists are (understandably) eager to get back to working on shoots. However, the close contact required means that extra strategic planning is needed so that things can run as safely as possible. I spoke to two Freelancer Club members to see how getting back to work has gone for them since lockdown.
The freelance jobs market is a competitive space and with a predicted increase in the number of new freelancers joining the sector, a strong job application has never been as important. In this workshop, Peter Fitzpatrick, Founder of Lilium, provides insights into the art of the job proposal and shows you how to increase your chances of landing the job.
You’ve been furloughed and your employment prospects aren’t looking great. You’ve probably been trawling through job sites day and night applying for anything and everything you can find. You’re stressed, worried and funds are low. This is not a pleasant situation to be in.
Thinking of hiring a freelancer? While you may be wary of taking on full time staff during these precarious times, you might have considered taking on freelancers to help fill a skills gap on your team or add value to a project you had put on hold during lockdown.