Making the decision to go freelance can be a daunting prospect for anyone – particularly for those in marketing, where competition is fierce.
Whilst freelancing isn't for everyone, it does bring independence and flexibility to the work routine. Keep in mind that being your own boss does come with an element of uncertainty and unpredictibility.
Here at DNA Recruit, we've gained great insight into the world of freelance, having worked with routine freelancers - many who are just starting out - and through handling a variety of briefs. If you're looking to take the leap consider these points first and contact us with any questions.
1. Getting started
2. Create your own space
3. Market yourself.
Do your research - Work out what the going rate is for someone of your level. Freelance contracts have a variety of rates: hourly, daily rates or pro rata - know your worth.
Ask us for an opinion.
You are your brand - Keep it professional and credible. Tidy your LinkedIn profile often and showcase your work - don't forget about those testimonials or endorsements. Take every opportunity to build your reputation and network.
4. Take a break.
It's important for everyone to have downtime away from the desk, laptop or office. Ultimately it's down to you and how you schedule your time and your breaks in line with agency bookings. It's key to think about holiday leave and how you'll finance your downtime. Keep ahead of the game and know which months tend to be quiet - this way you can fully enjoy your time off.
5. Think long term