Tips from freelancers for freelancers

Getting Started

  • First things first. Limited, Sole Trader or Umbrella? For me, Limited company has been the most beneficial.
  • More ownership, less overhead, more money and less time pencilled in each week for admin!
  • Accounting software is a lifesaver! Tracks all invoices, sends them out, tracks spending and VAT.

Jennifer Mendenhall-Waldorf  - Freelance Copywriter

  • Set up a Limited Company. This is the best way to work as freelancer. Being self-employed under your own company helps you maximise your take-home money. Avoid Umbrella Companies. 

Daniel Smith – Freelance Designer

On the Job

  • Be patient, both you and the person briefing are under pressure
  • Be flexible, if they want you to work over the lunch hour, the client’s needs come first.
  • Be proactive, you’re being paid to do a job but also to be helpful. So use your initiative.
  • Most of the time as a freelancer, you’re brought in for high pressure so you need to be ready to go, no faffing around!

Alexandra Moriondo – Freelance Graphic Designer

  • Always have a good work ethic and don't prolong a job, if you finish the job a day early you only lose a day’s money, but you'll get invited back.

Chris Holiday – Freelance Creative Artworker

  • CONFIDENCE IS KEY. Be confident in yourself, your work and your point of view. If you don't believe your own design critique, then no one else will believe it either.
  • BE NICE & SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY. So often I hear internal Resourcers talking about which freelancer they should get in next week. They very rarely say "get him in, he's the best designer ever", but they very often say "let's get him back next week he is great to work with". It's not just about your work, it's about your personality too and what you're like as a person to work with.

Luke O'Prey – Freelance Designer

  • Keep a can do attitude and don’t say ‘No’ to anything unless you really have to! This will help you get frequent and re-occurring jobs.

Daniel Smith – Freelance Designer

Things to remember

  • Take some time to sharpen up your portfolio. Ideally a digital one that sits on a website. It’s much easier to send a link to clients or recruiters to showcase your work. Only include your strongest projects. This will enhance your ability to get the freelance work you want.
  • Do your research and approach only one or two recruitment agencies to get you work. You don’t want too many recruiters, keep it simple.

Daniel Smith – Freelance Designer

  • Always have a note book and pen!
  • Write down all the details you’re given especially where files are stored. You need to make sure that the client can find your work.

Alexandra Moriondo – Freelance Graphic Designer

  • Make sure each month to set aside 10-15% of all income to save towards tax. Don’t forget it all comes out the same time every year between Jan-May.

Jennifer Mendenhall-Waldorf  - Freelance Copywriter

  • As a freelancer keep in touch and connected with everyone. Update your book and LinkedIn - make the connections and reach out to people you never know who might know someone who needs you in.

Ravi Beeharry – Freelance Art Director

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