Will you enjoy the freelance life?

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

If you’re toying with the idea of going freelance but are not sure how you might enjoy life working for yourself, here are a few pointers that may help you make up your mind.

No commuting

I live in London and here’s a typical scene of commuters going into work at around 8.30 in the morning.

And here’s me at 8.30 in the morning, doing a spot of balcony gardening.

 

Starting out as a freelancer: the first three months

Posted on: October 19th, 2010

Welcome to guest writer Hannah Marcheselli. Hannah started freelancing over the summer and recounts her experiences so far of going it alone.

I’d always thought that I would end up working for myself one day, but somehow the time never seemed quite right. With more than ten years as in-house writer for various large financial institutions, publishing houses and agencies, I was started to get frustrated by the constraints of being employed by someone else and the horrors of the daily commute to London. I could have gone on for years finding excuses not to take the plunge and set up on my own, but when I got married in June this year, I used it as an opportunity to make some more big changes to my life.

Launching myself into my new business

Are you thinking about going freelance?

Posted on: October 12th, 2010

If you’re thinking about going freelance but haven’t yet taken the plunge, here are some questions to help make up your mind.

  • Are you a self starter who is also self disciplined and self motivated?
  • Can you meet deadlines without someone prodding you into activity?
  • Are you able to work on your own without the interaction and banter of colleagues around you? (If you answered ‘no’ to this, you could always consider working on freelance projects where you’re based in a client’s offices – I know quite a few designers who work like this. Or you could rent a desk from a company with spare space on its hands.)
  • Can you handle the fact that you won’t have a regular pay cheque paid into your bank account on the same day each month?