Working As a Freelancer: Eight Things I’ve Learned So Far

Working As a Freelancer

I’ve now been working as a freelancer for just over five scary months. Here’s what I’ve learned so far…

Working As a Freelancer

Top: H&M
Jeans: Marks & Spencer
Belt: Gucci
Shoes: Namshi (similar here, here & here)

Every day is a weekend and also a week day…
You might find me at the beach on a Tuesday and working my arse off on a Saturday. There are no such things as weekends or weekdays when you’re a freelancer.

Regular midday naps are not actually a thing…
As a self-proclaimed serial napper, this was a prospect I thought I was going to be abusing as soon as I left office life. Well, I was wrong. Firstly, if you’re actually free to nap every single day, you don’t have enough work going on. And secondly, even when I did have enough work to be getting on with, every time I lay down for a midday nap, I was rife with guilt.

You save a lot of money on make-up…
And hair products, and washing detergent and anything else that would allude to the fact you’re still showering every single day, even though it’s Tuesday and I haven’t left the house since Saturday…

Contracts mean nothing…
…and I mean nothing. Make sure every agreement you make with a new client is properly signed and legally bound, otherwise you’re going to kiss goodbye to a looooot of money. And yes, I’m speaking from experience.

Never work with your friends…
Or your friend’s companies. No matter how well you think it’s going to go, work is work and friends are friends. It’s nearly impossible to compartmentalise these two things, and if something goes wrong it’s only your friendship that’s going to suffer.

Never let a company make you feel bad about following up on payments…
My absolute biggest pet peeve of freelancing are the clients who have months of outstanding invoices, but still continue to bark orders at you. If you can’t keep up your end of the deal, why should I keep up mine? It’s your basic human right to be paid for the work you’ve done, and you shouldn’t feel guilty if you have to follow up on that payment every. single. day.

Always have something else in the pipeline…
Times are hard at the moment and a lot of brands don’t have the budget to keep forking out for a freelancer to help them out. Some months are better than others; you might have five clients one day and then two the next, which is why it’s always important to have a few things in the pipeline so you’re not left high and dry when you’ve got rent to pay.

Befriend someone who has done it all before…
I actually don’t know what I would do without the few freelance-y friends I have who have been in this position for a few years themselves. They are my go-to for any kinds of questions and queries. They’re a  shoulder to cry on (because yes, there will be tears), and they’re an ear to vent to because they’ve been there, done that – you know who you are, ladies *red heart emoji*.

Working As a Freelancer

Working As a Freelancer

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    August 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I love this blog and I totally feel you. I’m back freelancing till I receive my fiance visa.

    The best thing about working with brands/companies is when they appreciate and know how hard we work and not treat us as free content creators.

    I learned a lot here. Thanks for writing!

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