Congratulations Freelancer!

Your freelance personality is:

You are The Fresher!

You’re a brand new freelancer, welcome to the gang!

Oof, it can be a little intimidating at first though, right?

You’re probably feeling nervous about invoicing, worried about contacts, and bamboozled about how to actually find clients.

Every day feels like a little rollercoaster of excitement (new client!) and nerves (what the hell do I do next?). And your friends and family have no idea what it is you do.

Here are five things to do as a new freelancer:

1) Make a plan. How much money do you need to earn? What kind of people or companies do you want to work with? How much time can you give to client work?

2) Get into a good habit early on with saving 30% of your income. That’s 25% for Tax and NI, and 5% buffer (and if you don’t need it at the end of the tax year, a treat for you!). Some of the new breeds of business banks, like Starling and Monzo, will even tell you how much you should be putting aside and have a pot that you can put it into.

3) Working on your own doesn’t mean you have to be alone. Come join the Freelance Lifestylers Facebook group, look for local networking groups and arrange co-working sessions with fellow freelancers.

4) Never start a job without agreeing terms and conditions (I have a template here) or signing a contract. It will save you a lot of stress in the long-term.

5) Not sure where to start with setting up? I have a course to help you through the first 30 days, from business planning and the technicalities of setting up, to contracts, finding clients and setting good boundaries. And it’s only £19! 

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