Top tips for freelancers starting out

Jun 23, 2020

Since lockdown, there has been a rise in the number of people who have decided to go freelance. If this is you, don’t fear. Here are some top tips from those who have been around for a long time, compiled by Freelance Corner's Editor, Jessica Hayden.

We often say freelancing is an adventure, but romantic notions aside, we know you can sometimes feel like a solo explorer at the base of Mount Everest, with little equipment. That’s why Freelance Corner started. We were launched by the non-profit trade body for the UK’s self-employed, IPSE (The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), and we are here to offer you the protection, support, and guidance you need on your freelance journey. If you are new to this way of working, here are some tips from those who have been around the block before.

1. Let's start with the obvious: Delete those drunken snaps from your public social media.

2. Freelance doesn't equal free work.

 

3. Prioritise your mental health 

 

4. You may be able to find work closer to home

 

5. Have a unique selling point (USP) and stick to it

 

6. Overnight success isn't real - be patient. 

 

7. Save yourself from procrastination

 

8. Times are hard for all right now, keep going and stay positive

 

9. Set your boundaries early on

 

10. Know your worth

 

11. Plan, but don't overplan

 

12. Remember to account for tax, pension contributions and more, not just your time.

 

13. Set aside cash for your training, or take advantage of free online courses

 

14. You didn't sign up to be your own accountant, but you are now

 

15. You will want to retire, one day

 

16. For those who haven't made the jump yet

 

17. If possible, keep work and home life separate 

 

This one isn't appropriate to everyone. If you cannot have a separate workspace at home, try something as simple as putting away your laptop, notebooks, and any other work-related things in a cupboard at the end of the day. Out of sight, out of mind. 

18. Don't undervalue your work

 

19. Don't take rejection personally

 

20. Protect yourself 

A Freelance Corner pack reduces the risk to you and your business, giving you perks similar to employees with the flexibility of freelancing. Buy one today and get access to business tools, tax and legal helplines, up to £10,000 if a client goes into administration (subject to T&Cs) plus so much more.

Protect your business.


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