Happy National Freelancers Day! This week I asked my community to share their advice for new freelancers, they have some great tips so I’m going to hand over to them this week.

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Advice for New Freelancers, from Experienced Freelancers

Happy National Freelancers Day! This week I asked my community to share their advice for new freelancers, they have some great tips so I’m going to hand over to them this week. Happy Freelancing!

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Being a freelancer comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. On National Freelancers Day, we reached out to the freelancing community to gather their valuable advice for those embarking on this journey. From finding your why to networking and knowing your worth, these insights offer guidance and inspiration for new freelancers. Read on to discover the key takeaways from the community.

  1. Know Your Why: Cheryl Thornton (Cheryl Thornton Consultancy and Coaching) emphasises the importance of understanding your purpose and aligning your decisions with it. Coaching can help uncover your why and guide your business choices.
  2. Plan Your Breaks: Trudy How (PawPrints Pilate & a Piece of Cake) advises new freelancers to prioritise self-care and schedule downtime. Taking breaks and nurturing yourself is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  3. Seek Guidance: Tereza Litsa (Tereza Litsa Marketing) suggests reaching out to experienced freelancers for practical advice and insights. Learning from those who have already walked the path can provide valuable knowledge and support.
  4. Know Your Worth: Kirsten Whitehouse (Wolf Approach Fitness) emphasises the importance of valuing your work and not compromising on your prices. Stand your ground and attract clients who appreciate the effort you put into your craft.
  5. Understand Your Costs: Nicola Thayil (NHM Translation) emphasises the need to determine your hourly rate and factor in your expenses. Knowing your output and aligning it with your desired working hours is crucial for financial stability.
  6. Update Your Portfolio: Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence (Honey Bee Copywriting) recommends regularly updating your portfolio, even if you feel you don’t have many updates. Showcasing your skills, successes, and lessons learned helps potential clients understand your capabilities.
  7. Network: Thuha Wright (Digital Seamstress) advises new freelancers to network and share their freelance journey with others. Building connections and maintaining relationships can lead to future opportunities and referrals.
  8. Find Your Tribe: Gayle Thompson (VILT, Virtual Instructor-Led Training Solutions) suggests finding a community of like-minded individuals who can offer advice, support, and collaboration. Surrounding yourself with peers who understand your challenges can be invaluable.
  9. Community Matters: Paula Sherlock (Paula Sherlock Coaching) highlights the importance of finding a supportive community. Having a group of people who celebrate your successes, offer guidance, and provide a sense of belonging can make freelancing less lonely.
  10. Understand Your Cycle: Lianne Marie Mease (Butterflump) advises freelancers who menstruate to align their work schedule with their menstrual cycle. Recognising the different phases can help optimise productivity and self-care.
  11. Build a Strong Portfolio: Melissa Howard (Curve Confidence/Capturing Curves) stresses the significance of starting a portfolio from day one. Showcasing your skills and past work helps potential clients see your expertise and sets you apart from the competition.
  12. Take It Step by Step: Berenice Howard Smith (Hello Lovely Design) advises new freelancers not to rush into creating a logo or website. Focus on building a sustainable business first, and then invest time and energy into creating a beautiful and lasting brand.
  13. Be True to Yourself: Bee Higgins (Bloom with Bee Copy) encourages freelancers to embrace their unique qualities and not dilute them to fit a certain mould. Authenticity attracts like-minded clients who appreciate your individuality.
  14. Hold the Faith: Sarah Goddard (Public Fundraising Specialist) shares her experience of starting freelancing without a plan or savings. She advises new freelancers to trust in the process, have faith in their network, and not panic when things get quiet.
  15. Never Stop Learning: Alicia Cornell (The Admin Den) emphasises the importance of continuously asking questions and seeking knowledge. Learning from others and staying curious can lead to personal and professional growth. She also warns against the temptation to undercharge, especially in the beginning. Holding out for clients who value your work and are willing to pay the industry standard price is essential for long-term success.
  16. Experiment and Play: Sarah Wayte (Sarah Wayte Creative) encourages new freelancers to experiment and find their own path. While advice from others is valuable, it’s important to adapt and let go of strategies that don’t work for you. Enjoy the process and make freelancing fun.
  17. Don’t Give Up: Karina Agustin (Freelancer) advises new freelancers not to give up when their first few proposals go unanswered. She encourages them to take the time to learn how to craft successful proposals by looking at examples and adapting them to their own. She emphasises that it may take time, but it will pay off in the end.
  18. Set Boundaries: Emma Garratt (The Mini Mes and Me) advises new freelancers to know their worth and not undervalue their work, even if they are just starting out. She highlights the importance of having a strong online presence through a website and social media networks. Emma also emphasises the need to define clear working hours, set boundaries with clients, and not overcommit. She encourages freelancers to prioritise self-care and not hesitate to say no or turn down opportunities

If you’re a new freelancer, take these insights to heart and apply them to your journey. Remember to find your why, value your work, build a strong portfolio, and connect with a supportive community. Embrace your uniqueness, stay curious, and have faith in your abilities. Freelancing may have its challenges, but with the right mindset and support, you can thrive in this exciting and rewarding career path. Have a wonderful Freelance Week!

Thank you to: @reconnection_retreats_ @pawprintspilatescake @terezalitsa_marketing @wolfapproachfitness @nhmtranslation @melreylaw @thuhawright @paula_sherlock_coach @butterflump @curve.confidence.with.melissa @berenice_hellolovelydesign @bloomwithbeecopy @fundraisersarah @theadminden @sarahwaytecreative @karinaaugustinn @theminimesandme and Gayle Thompson from Vilt!


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