Freelance

Welcome to the self-employed club, you're in for an exciting ride!

So here we all are – freelancers, business owners, solopreneurs - welcome to the freelance self-employed club!  Frankly I’m a firm believer in networks as a tremendous source of support.  No-one tells you all the challenges you’ll have to face – the frustrations, the constant learning, the second-guessing ….

For example do you remember when you were younger and parenthood looked seamless?  Not just seamless but it was as if new parents had their Mary Poppins gene kicked in and this spell had bewitched the child into utter perfection.  They fed, slept and even pooped on time, in fact with precision you could set your watch to.  Their little gurgles and smiles would make everyone’s hearts melt, strangers would even cross the street in adoration…… yep you may have thought to yourself, piece of cake!

Then as you got older, perhaps you or your friends had babies and all of a sudden the reality isn’t quite as picture perfect.  Constantly sleep deprived, feeling like an extra from the Walking Dead only able to grunt and point….and that’s after sleep!  Any fashion choice is constantly in risk of receiving a splattering of baby vomit, casually thrown dinner and if you’re really lucky a gifted explosive nappy (of course followed by a smile as if they knew what they were doing).  As intelligent human beings, the frustration of not being able to stop the constant screaming or crying can drive you to pretty much to the brink of insanity.

And yet, for that one smile amidst the madness and mayhem, you wouldn’t consider trading it for the world!  You’ve joined the club where others have dared to tread and at least they can help guide you through the process…..or at least have the decency to bring wine and tell us how they make it look so easy!

Some of us will have just started our businesses, whereas others may have been running their companies for years.  Either way, similar to the parenting club, the business owner/entrepreneurial/freelancer club can be a very different reality to what we may envisaged in our heads when we first started and no-one, no-one, is born ready to deal with every given situation – it is a constant learning experience.

We’re living in an exciting time where technology, lifestyle and opportunity mean more of us are working for ourselves.  We’re finally doing what we love, almost to the point of obsession, and hopefully working on a passion that makes us happy.  In Richard St John’s Ted Talk – 8 Secrets To Success – we’ve stopped being work-a-holics for other people, but instead become work-a-frolics for ourselves and creating a life and a lifestyle we had only previously dreamed.

Yet on the other side of that coin, not everyone will share your journey with you.  Your friends, family, colleagues even your partner will be pleased for you but despite their best intentions, running a business is not something that everyone can fully comprehend. There is plenty of confusion, juggling, worry and stress – days, weeks, months where you feel like you’ve experienced ten rounds in the boxing ring and just as things are running smoothly again having to deal with an unexpected gift akin to an explosive nappy situation.

Truth be told it can be pretty isolating, so my advice for anyone working for themselves?  Find your support network of like-minded people who lift, inspire and can advise – your tribe!  I always feel enlightened by the positivity, excitement and energy of someone else doing their own thing.  It acts as a constant reminder of why you decided to do this yourself too.  As you grow and develop as a person through this exciting challenge, it’s a connection with those who also dared to jump and create the life they want.

Finally you’re able to talk to those who understand your situation, your challenges, your fears, your doubts.  They can even offer a new perspective or advice, share resources and tips or refer you to someone you need to contact.  They’re there to remind you of what you’ve achieved so far when you feel like you’re not progressing, and when you feel the strain of constantly taking one step forward/two steps back they remind you to kick off your heels and relish the dance!

It is a boost, a tonic, sometimes a much needed kick up the backside!

So welcome to this freelance and self-employed network where you can build your tribe with brilliant people who are also committed in succeeding and driving their businesses forward as you are.  The reality is we don’t know or have the answers to everything.  This thrilling journey of running your business is unique to you and wouldn’t think of trading it in.  Even during your times of mayhem and especially times to celebrate - remember you always have your tribe …..and wine!!

You can find our top 45 tools and tips for working from home and managing your freelance business in a handy FREE downloadable guide HERE. We also have a FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community, join HERE

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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Six Freelancing Hurdles and How to Jump Them Successfully

Six freelancing hurdles and how to jump them successfully

Being a freelancer has many upsides compared to employment; a flexible approach to life and work, the ability to work from anywhere, unlimited holidays (in an ideal world) and the chance to work on a broad variety of projects that will take you to places you never dreamed of when you worked for the other guy.

However, things aren’t always plain sailing.

Here are six hurdles that you may face in your freelance career, and some strategies to help you leap over them successfully...

  1. Lack of 'team' to bounce ideas off

If you work within a creative industry, brainstorming ideas with others has more than likely formed a huge part of your career, but when you take the leap into freelancing, you’ll still need to develop creative strategies and come up with bold ideas to get your client noticed.

When you are first tasked with storming your solo brain to develop a creative knock-it-out-of-the-park idea as a freelance consultant, you’ll probably find the whole thing rather daunting. After all, brainstorms are usually creative processes, where ideas usually spark better ones and you’ve always got several brains to build on solid ideas (and tell you when you’re way off the mark with the dodgy ones).

If you’re struggling as a freelancer, firstly, give yourself a break and more importantly, give yourself TIME. Mull over the brief, read the news and industry titles, make an ideas file. It’s a different animal than turning up to a group brainstorm with one idea that you can throw into the mix, so don’t put pressure on yourself to come up with an award-winning campaign in five minutes.

Secondly, speak to fellow freelancers or post in freelance Facebook groups (like ours ;) ) and run ideas past the your peers for a quick sense check if needs be. Just remember to repay the favour the next time they need a spare brain!

  1. No planning tools

When you were gainfully employed, your organisation undoubtedly had its own planning tools and templates and processes. Monthly event planners, social media planning documents, project management spreadsheet and so on and so forth.  When you go solo, you have to either make it up from scratch which isn’t always easy, or spend hours trying to source good quality templates that don’t look like they were designed using clip art in 1992.

Luckily, there are resources our there to help - in fact, The Freelance Kit was designed for this very purpose; to help fellow freelancers to take the guess work out of planning and to provide a wealth of templates that will all stand the test of time and impress any client when modified and personalised. (Shameless self-promotion, but we are here to try and help you, promise) Shop here 

Don’t forget you can always tap into the hive mind too, freelancers are kind souls who regularly spread the love by sharing best practice with others, so don’t be afraid to ask.

  1. Isolation

Isolation can be a real toughie for the self-employed. Working at your kitchen table every day in your pj's might sound idyllic for many but in reality, not speaking to other humans on a regular basis can have a detrimental effect on your wellbeing.

Try and get out every day, even if it's just to work from a different space or coffee shop. Collaborate with others where you can, and break your day up by meeting friends or family for a coffee. There are so many brilliant groups and meet-ups for freelancers now, so have look at what's out there. Co-working spaces can still be expensive for freelancers but some are starting to offer more flexible options like Huckletree. There are always fantastic events programmes and networking opportunities at most of these spaces so check them out.

  1. Media lists and freelance software

If you work in the PR industry, things like media lists were easy to come by when your worked for someone else, but when you go it alone, monthly subscriptions to resources like Gorkana can seem a little out of reach.

New for 2020, we've added a ridiculously good value media lists service where you can access either one off or monthly lists for any sector  check it out here 

Don't be scared to pass on software costs such as these to your clients- spread over a few clients it won’t be much more to charge but it will make a difference to your profit every month.

As a side note, if you do keep media lists on file (especially if they include the personal data of freelance writers) remember to password protect or encrypt these documents so you comply with GDPR regulations and delete any emails that include addresses etc once they are stored securely.

If you need access to other costly platforms, why not share a subscription with other freelancers?

  1. Money management

Money money money, must be funny. Well not really, in fact, learning to manage your finances as a sole trader or self-employed person can be super stressful.

In reality, once you have cracked the self-assessment beast (with the help of an accountant or not), that is a huge hurdle, but what about managing your money day to day?

A few tips are; set up a separate bank account for your business, which will make it much easier to determine your overall earnings and deductions come April (or the following January if you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants). Always set strict payment terms on your invoices and use platforms like Penny Freedom if you need to get paid more quickly. Use receipt apps to scan all of your receipts then integrate them into your accounting software or send to your accountant. Make sure you get professional indemnity insurance and most importantly - GET A PENSION. Seriously, this one can be so easy to overlook but sort out a private pension and don’t skimp on the payments.

  1. Time management

Although you are away from the drudgery of the nine to five, managing your time effectively is something you will have to really work on as a freelancer. It can be easy to procrastinate, get distracted and wind up panicking because you are late to meet a deadline.

If you work from home, and especially if you work around the family, one tip is to set up a completely separate office space where you can work in peace. Make it a haven of organisation, a space that you enjoy working from, and be disciplined about your working day right from the off.

Use to do lists, keep your diary up to date and keep a track of your time using an app such as Timely.

Structure your days into chunks for client work, admin and meetings. By having set days and times to do certain tasks, you won't feel as overwhelmed. And set digital limits on your phone apps so you don't waste time on social media!

Lastly, be mindful of the task in hand. All too often we're wearing so many hats when we're self-employed, that we feel anxious and overwhelmed, but by truly focusing on the task in front of you without emails, phone calls and social media notifications, you will start to feel calmer and more able to manage your time rather thank panic hopping to the next thing!

 

You can find our top 45 tools and tips for working from home and managing your freelance business in a handy FREE downloadable guide HERE. We also have a FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community, join HERE

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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Freelance Finances-Setting Rates and Knowing Your Worth

There are several challenges to overcome as a freelancer, but the main one that seems to crop up again and again is what to charge and knowing your worth.

What do we mean by that? Knowing your worth is understanding how valuable your time is, charging clients accordingly and being confident enough to stick to your guns. Sound easy? Not always...

So where do you start? Here are seven simple steps that may help....

  1. Calculate your rates

No doubt that most of you took the plunge into freelancing after working full-time for an organisation where you earned an annual salary. It can be tempting to figure out what your daily rate was when you were employed and charge a similar amount as a freelancer, but don’t forget, you didn’t have to do your own tax return, sort out your own pension and insurance, cover sickness and holidays and buy your own equipment and software.

We're getting ready to launch our freelance rates calculator, a handy free tool where you can see what freelancers up and down the UK charge, but in the meantime there are lots of social media communities where you can ask questions on rates, and people will be happy to help you. The Freelance Kit private Facebook group is a great starting place, you can join here The Freelance Kit Members Group  and The Northern Creative Collective are another lovely bunch who are always happy to help, mainly based in the North of the UK-join here TNCC

Decide if you will work hourly or split your time into half or full days, and also decide from the start if you’ll have a minimum monthly time allocation for new clients. It can help to approach freelancing with a more flexible approach in the beginning and see what works for you. But once you have decided, set your boundaries and stick to them. And don’t forget to put your rates up in line with annual cost of living increases.

  1. Understand your worth

Understanding your worth is about realising what value you bring to the table. Can you generate on target media coverage that will help to drive sales and web traffic? Are you an incredible web designer or developer that can revamp a brand’s website to ensure that more users convert into sales? Can you boost a client’s Google rankings with your amazing knowledge of SEO? Transform their social media pages, increase followers and drive engagement? It's about remembering how experienced or knowledgeable you are in an area and keeping a positive mindset around that.

Remember why you went into freelancing - you believed in yourself and your skills enough to know that you can improve business for your clients and bring something valuable to the table.

It can be really easy to start doubting yourself when clients try and get you down on cost, or go for the cheaper option, but the more you get used to being firm and knowing your value, the better the clients you'll attract.

  1. Find Your support network and be confident in yourself! 

Most freelancers suffer from imposter syndrome at various times but take a deep breath and remember why you went in to freelancing in the first place, you were obviously confident in your skills and ability. You have experience, you have knowledge, you have the business acumen to succeed, and if you don’t feel that way at first, one solution is to work with a coach or join supportive groups.

Even established freelancers get bogged down by the daily grind of chasing invoices and negotiating on price, so by surrounding yourself with a freelance tribe, you'll have the support and a sounding board for those moments of self-doubt.

  1. Don’t panic!

It can be super tempting to go into panic mode and drop your rates or offer huge discounts just to get clients, but this is not a good long-term strategy and you’ll be devaluing yourself and your work.

If you want to offer lower rates or do pro-bono work for causes you feel passionate about, or for friends who are starting a new venture, that’s fine - but overall, don’t give your skills and knowledge away for nothing. Your time is valuable and so are you.

Sometimes a client or project adds value by being a great portfolio piece or they may introduce you to other potential clients so it’s worth offering a slightly lower rate, just weigh it up and do whatever feels good.

  1. Get tough! 

After a while, you will learn to spot the warning signs and red flags when it comes to particular clients who constantly pay late, undermine your work, demand more and more (unpaid) time or constantly pick your brains for free.

Always have clear terms from the outset and a strict onboarding process. Every client should receive a contract outlining your terms and the work involved. Any extras should be clearly highlighted.

Remember, your agreed allocated time needs to include meetings, travel time, admin, reporting AND two-hour phone calls! If you are consistently pulled in various directions and expected to give your time away for free, it’s time for a polite note reminding the client of your terms. After all, you will have other clients to look after and it’s crucially important to value your time.

  1. Mind the gap!

We all know that the gender pay gap is still very real in the workplace and sadly in the freelance world too.

Many believe that men are better at asking for money than women who have historically been conditioned to believe that asking for a pay-rise at work makes them appear difficult and demanding. The freelance pay gap could also have something to do with the reasons that women and men became self-employed in the first place. A recent Independent article (1) explored this very topic and found that men went freelance to be their own boss, while women wanted more freedom and flexibility for family life.

Don't ever be scared for asking for more and for challenging rates in your sector.

  1. Know your rights and make sure you’re covered

In the US, freelance rights far outweigh our own. According to the IRS, American independent workers have the legal right to work where and when they like and subcontract without client knowledge. In New York, the Freelance Isn't Free Act law was passed which:

''establishes and enhances protections for freelance workers, specifically the right to:

•    A written contract
•    Timely and full payment
•    Protection from retaliation

The law establishes penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief, and attorney’s fees'' 

In the UK, we are entitled to a safe and healthy working environment, entitled to get paid for the work we produce, and we are also protected against discrimination.

For your own peace of mind, it’s imperative you have a signed contract with clients, and it’s definitely worth making sure you have adequate insurance for critical illness cover. Shameless plug, you can buy a 15 page legal contract with payment terms and conditions here SHOP 

Remember to make sure you have a financial safety net for any cash flow emergencies, set aside enough money for your tax and NI bill as you go along, and take the advice of an accountant when filling in that dreaded tax return. It’s also worth arming yourself with the facts about freelancer rights and financial rights regarding maternity leave if you’re planning an addition to the family.

  1. 1. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/gender-pay-gap-women-self-employed-a8290356.html

You can join our FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community here. 

And grab your FREE Ultimate Freelance Guide here,The Ultimate Freelance Guide 2020 with 45 top tools and tips from our community.

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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6 tips to thrive when you're self-employed by Kara Grant

On an intellectual level, I’m sure you know self-care is a good thing. Looking after your health and wellbeing is one of your priorities, right?

But in day to day life, when you are working to deadlines or looking for clients or in the midst of an amazing creative streak are you actually implementing and doing it every day?

Taking time to relax and recharge works on so many levels. Obviously, and importantly it gives your body and mind time to switch off from action mode and into restore mode. It can prevent reoccurring illnesses by boosting your immune system as well as avoid burnout and fatigue physically and mentally. But alongside the myriad of health benefits self-care creates so much more momentum and value for your life and business

It gives you:

  • Perspective and insight that you DON’T get when you are sitting in front of your laptop for hours waiting for those emails.
  • Creative inspiration and a deeper understanding of what is important for you and your work (when you aren’t glued to your phone)
  • The ability to be an all rounded person – who can connect with their families, partners and friends: peaceful, happy and present.

 

There are some misconceptions about what self-care actually is. Here are some things I hear regularly from my clients:

“I don’t have the time for self care”

“I can’t drop anything that I have going on at the moment so I don’t know when I’ll do it”

“I get my nails done/go to the gym once a week, isn’t that enough?”

So, let’s clear this up. Self-care is essential me-time maintenance. It’s not all about retreats in Bali and weekends away, though that is all good. If you have time to brush your teeth (you do have time for that don’t you?) you most definitely have time for self-care.  I regularly start working with clients and find they have at least an hour a day that they could use by either dropping something that really doesn’t matter like watching reruns of box sets or by getting support like asking someone in your house to help with housework.  If there was an actual emergency you would drop everything so think of self-care as the step before that emergency.  But for it to become part of your every day life you need to do it every day – getting your nails done every few weeks or going to the gym  once a week is great but it’s the daily commitment that is going to pay off for you, your business and your relationships.

Here are 6 steps I suggest for you to get really successful at your self-care and flourish in your work and life.

-Get really clear on where you are spending your time every day

What’s essential and what’s not. Be really honest. This is your life, and yes, you have commitments but ask yourself “What’s draining me and not contributing to my life and work.

- Identify where you have time to spare

I recommend finding at least 30 minutes a day and using that time as your dedicated self-care time

-Schedule + hold yourself accountable

-Choose self care that works for you

Try things out. See what works for your life, location and needs. Some people love reading as part of their self-care to switch off. For you you might prefer to get outside and take a walk (without your phone) Mix it up as well. Don’t let yourself get bored or feel your self-care is another thing on your to-do list

-Do things (apart from work) that you love

This is such a powerful and simple exercise that I work with my clients on. Draw up 3 sections on a sheet of A4. In column one: Write out 10 things that you love to do (NOT work – I know you love what you do but work doesn’t go down on this list!) Things that genuinely light you up make you feel good and create joy in your life. In column 2: write down how often you do each of these things daily/weekly/monthly/never. Then in column 3 write down an action you are taking to start doing each more often or more consistently.

-Remember self care is in the moment as well

Crucially so much of it is down to your mindset. Think about yourself as your best mate. What would you tell them if they wanted to feel more relaxed and happier in their life? Practice mindfulness as the healthiest habit you can ever have. Self-care is also how you talk to yourself and how you support yourself. From making great choices and setting good boundaries to switching off more often from tech and acknowledging when you have done something really well. Your relationship with yourself will nurture yourself, your business and your relationships more than any spa day could.

Above all else let go of having to do any of this perfectly. Commit to taking on board these 6 suggestions and let yourself make mistakes with it. Track how you feel when you do practice self-care and remember, you will have so much more energy, inspiration and enjoyment from your work when self-care is as important as checking your emails.

If you want support to access your creativity and calm this summer, enrolment is open for Kara Grants online Summer School starting on Monday 30th July. All you need to do is find 10 minutes every day and you get a weekly practice video emailed to you with daily tips, support and motivation to keep you accountable. Within 6 weeks you will be calmer, more creative and more connected.  For more information or to book on please click here: https://www.soulconfidence.co.uk/the-spiritually-soul-full-summer-2/

Kara is an award-winning entrepreneur coach, consultant and author. She supports change makers to create compassionate change in the world. You can connect with her on social here https://www.facebook.com/sensitivesuperstars

Instagram: karavgrant

You can join our FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community here. 

And grab your FREE Ultimate Freelance Guide here,The Ultimate Freelance Guide 2020 with 45 top tools and tips from our community.

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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Top six tips on how to find freelance work

If you’re an established freelancer, chances are that finding work comes quite easy to you by now.

Word of mouth and referrals are probably the best way to source new clients and find new projects, but if you’re just starting out, trying to break into a new sector or finding it a bit of an uphill struggle to keep the work rolling in, you might need a nudge in the right direction.

 

Here are six fool-proof tips for finding work as a freelancer:

1. Traditional networking

It almost goes without saying but putting yourself out there and making friends and potential contacts is a good place to start. Check out your local chamber of commerce or comb the local business pages and groups on social media, and find out which events, seminars, presentations, and networking events might be beneficial to you.

Training is great for improving your skill set and knowledge, but it’s also a good place to chat to fellow freelancers who might be able to point you in the right direction for work or refer projects your way.

Chatting to small business leaders is also a great idea. Many startups, SMEs and scale-ups might not know that they need you yet, so a well-timed chat over a coffee or glass of wine at an event can help put yourself in the picture.

2. Social Media

Professional platforms such as LinkedIn are a great place to start, but joining Facebook groups of fellow freelancers, creatives or even local business networks will help you to find relevant work.

Don’t just be a lurker though, introduce yourself, join in, answer questions, share info, ask advice, comment on posts and pool your knowledge. Work is often pitched and shared on these platforms so be bold and make sure you don’t miss out.

3. Approach companies within your target sector

If you have a particular specialism, there’s nothing wrong with reaching out to a few cherry-picked companies that might be in need of your help. Do your research though, rather than adopting a scattergun approach, and send the MD or founder a thought out, personal note.

Nobody likes being sold at, but sharing information about yourself, your skills and your previous work will do wonders, especially if you have spotted a potential gap that you can fill to add value to their business. Send them your portfolio and tell them you’d be happy to chat or meet for a coffee if they ever want to discuss their needs. Simple, and not salesey.

Agencies are a great starting point as they regularly use freelancers, so pick out your top 5-10 and go from there. You can usually find contact details for the right person on LinkedIn and again, adopt a personalised approach to that agency and their clients, values, and ethos.

4. Job sites and job ads

Many companies hire freelancers now to fill temporary contracts or pick up specific projects, and lots of them use standard job sites to advertise the work.

Additionally, you might spot maternity cover or contract work on job sites that would fit in well with your other clients, or you may even be able to persuade a company to use your skills and flexibility rather than hiring a permanent member of staff. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know! 

5. Freelancing platforms

Since freelancing and flexible ways of working have increased in popularity over the past few years, platforms such as PeoplePerHour.comand freelanceuk.com offer smaller and larger projects to get stuck into.

Additionally, don’t forget to look out for industry-specific platforms. For freelance PR and comms professionals, the recently launched PR Cavalry (prcavalry.com) offers the chance to build a profile so brands and companies can view your skills and day rate, before they ask you to pitch or pull together proposals for work.

6. Showcase your skills

Work on your personal brand, and you’re guaranteed to convert the effort into work. Sometimes, your most important client is yourself. Invest in a website, make sure all your social profiles are up to date and share your successes as you go along. As a freelancer, nobody will blow your trumpet for you, so you may as well get used to blowing your own!

Another great idea for working on your personal brand is writing a blog. Not only will this help with your SEO, it will also position you as an expert in your field and give a platform to talk about your business and how it can help others. Blogging will also provide you with bespoke content to share across your social media platforms, expanding your reach within your industry and area. Long form content works particularly well for LinkedIn and by posting regularly, you will start to position yourself as an expert on your chosen area of skills or sector.

Additionally, if you’re brave enough, run your own how-to events or seminars for fellow freelancers, or put yourself forwards as a guest speaker at regular events.

Remember, fortune favours the bold, so don’t be shy - you have skills and knowledge that will be hugely beneficial to some companies or brands, so try and make sure that you’re in the picture! Good luck.

 And lastly, it goes without saying that you should use The Freelance Kit to stay on top of all your lovely new leads. ;) There are planning templates to organise client work, prospects lists, project management and specific templates for social media and content planning.

You can join our FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community here. 

And grab your FREE Ultimate Freelance Guide here,The Ultimate Freelance Guide 2020 with 45 top tools and tips from our community.

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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