Start my own business? Could I do that?

Posted on: January 1st, 2015

Welcome to guest blogger, Caroline Law, who explains how she took the plunge and set up her own online video editing service.

I love coming up with ideas.  They can sometimes be a bit ridiculous, like having an elderberry farm or becoming a lumberjack for example. This one however started small.  I just wanted to spend more time with my daughter and continue in the job I already love. So I decided about a year ago to set up my own online video editing service that included myself as an editor and some of the great editors I’ve been lucky to get to know then lucky enough to get on the books.

Working as a television editor in Soho, the hours are long and you are expected to give everything up for the 6-8 week contract that you’re on.  Being a mum is amazing, but coming home to my already fast asleep daughter every night is heart breaking.  I want the best of both worlds.  I want to be able to do the job I love from home and I’m going to make every effort to get it. I’ve almost managed to take one of my ideas to fruition, it’s not been easy but it has already been rewarding.

Act Like A Startup: Four Customer Acquisition Tips

Posted on: March 24th, 2014

Dave Marcello is co-founder of Collabo, a virtual water cooler for solopreneurs. Following a ten-year stint as Director of a marketing agency, he is now a freelance creative marketer for startups and small businesses.
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DaveM@letscollabo.com

At some point in every freelancer’s career, you come to the understanding that no matter what your specific skill set is, the ability to consistently identify and close new business is the lifeblood of your operation. But aside from schmoozing networks and attending industry events, I find many solopreneurs have difficulty in the business development area. Never fear, there is hope! It can be found in a similar scrappy-and-crafty work environment: startups.

For a just-born, early-stage startup, there is a magnifying glass over every effort made to acquire and grow its customer base. And with limited budgets, laser focus, and unbridled passion, there are plenty of parallels between startups and freelancers. Here are six ways you can adopt a similar approach to increasing both the quality and quantity of new clients.

My ten tips for freelancers

Posted on: March 2nd, 2014

When I wrote the first post for this blog back in 2010, it was top ten tips for people thinking about going freelance.

Here are ten more tips, for those of you who have already taken the plunge:

  1. Always take time to work ON your business to help ensure you have a pipeline of projects
  2. Be active on social media – it’s a great way of raising your profile
  3. Invest money and time in keeping your skills up to date
  4. Choose a networking group that’s right for you and make it work hard for you
  5. Always meet your clients’ deadlines
  6. Don’t discount your rates
  7. Be prepared to say ‘no’ to a job
  8. Get to know other freelancers in your niche: they are a good source of leads and they can help you out when times get busy
  9. Be efficient at sending out your invoices: the faster you send them out, the faster you will be paid
  10. Always include your terms and conditions when you send out a quote to a potential client.
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A graduate’s guide to freelancing

Posted on: November 11th, 2013

If you are a recent graduate and you are finding it hard to get a job, you may well want to think about a freelance career.

This ‘Graduate’s Guide to Freelancing’ infographic below shows some interesting facts and figures about graduates and freelancing.

You might also want to check out the ‘Getting Started‘ section on this blog that has all kinds of posts aimed at those thinking of embarking on the freelance life, such as ‘Five things graduates need to know about freelancing‘, ‘Not sure which freelance career to choose?‘ and ‘Will you enjoy the freelance life?
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Top Tips for Setting up Your Own Business

Posted on: September 2nd, 2013

Welcome to guest writer, Amy Lawson, who provides some helpful tips if you are about to embark on setting up your own business.

Nowadays, many people find they have an increased interest in becoming their own boss and setting up their own business. But just how do you set about doing this? This guide will take you through the key information needed for you to enter the world of entrepreneurship and start your own business, all in a straightforward, no-jargon manner.

Step One: Come up with an idea

What are the advantages of being freelance?

Posted on: May 27th, 2013

If you haven’t yet taken the plunge and gone self-employed, you might be wondering what the advantages of being freelance are.

You might be thinking to yourself: “Surely, you have to endure feasts and famines; you don’t get a regular salary paid into your bank each month; and it’s down to you to find all your own work?”

Yes, that is true enough. But, for me, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. That’s why, next month, I will be celebrating my 22nd year as a freelancer. I value the fact I can take time out to do a gym class during the day if I want to. I also don’t have to endure public transport at rush hour 10 times a week. And I don’t have to put up with office politics or difficult colleagues.