The Freelancer Club Blog

FREELANCERS TALK MONEY, RATES & PRESSURE

This week, we’re hosting the next in our series of Freelancer Breakfast Club discussion meetups. These groups are intimate forums for members to discuss the real challenges that face them in their freelance lives. This time the topic on the table is ‘Money Talk’. 

WHAT EXPENSES CAN I CLAIM?

If you think expenses sounds like a fancy word that’s only swung about in big businesses, you’re wrong. As a freelancer (sole-trader or limited company), no matter the size of your business, you’re eligible to claim expenses too. Expenses are a purchase related to your business that is often made using your personal money or business bank account. The rules for claiming expenses depend on whether you’re a sole trader or limited company.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FREELANCE JOBS

We speak with 100s of clients and businesses every week at Freelancer Club and we are constantly exploring why one freelancer gets the job and the others don't. We've also noticed how some freelancers are harming their chances of landing the job with their application. To help improve your odds, we've put together a list of pro tips on how to apply for freelance jobs. Enjoy

WORK AT LONDON FASHION WEEK

Work at London Fashion Week is often seen as the pinnacle of a freelance fashionista's career so it's no wonder that thousands of creative freelancers aim to find work at LFW every season. The benefits of working at Lon Fashion Week include the experience gained, the prestige of work at an elite fashion show, the credit and the pay but landing those coveted London Fashion Week jobs is no easy feat. Here are our top 5 ways of vastly improving your chances of finding work at London Fashion Week.

A VISUAL JOURNEY FROM 1st TO LAST IMAGE

What does your portfolio say about you as a freelancer? Is it a visual CV, a trophy cabinet or something else? Does the work remind you of a particular time in your career, a certain client, a moment of pride or realisation – perhaps the project that changed everything? 

ESSENTIAL PODCASTS FOR FREELANCERS

We love a good podcast at Freelancer Club. They are the perfect substitute to Spotify when you're on the move or have an hour to kill. For freelancers who need to know a little about a lot, podcasts can help you develop soft skills in no time. We asked the team what's on their playlist and came up with a few podcasts that have added value to our freelancing lives.

NOT ANOTHER BORING HEADSHOT

Corporate headshots… boring, right? Those endless rows of half-smiling, suited people in your LinkedIn connections are so similar, they might as well be the same person. I know a lot of my network  on LinkedIn personally and they are complicated, diverse, multifaceted characters - not cyborgs with an awkward grin.

HOW TO SELL PHOTOS ONLINE

Selling your services as a pro photographer is just one way to generate income. You may be sitting on terabytes of photos that businesses, clients or stock sites are keen to purchase. Selling photos is often an after thought for most photographers as there is confusion around ownership, IP and contracts. To demystify the process of selling photos, we’ve compiled a complete ‘how to’ sell your photos with the help of Roxanne Peters, Intellectual Property Lecturer at UAL.

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