By Jonathan London on 30th May 2014

Finding work and starting a freelance career

Finding work when starting a freelance career can be one of the most difficult things about leaving regular paid employment for a more flexible lifestyle. Although there are heaps of benefits to be achieved by going freelance, getting started and building a list of clients is a major challenge that many people struggle with.

In order to bridge this problem, a vast array of websites have sprung up to help connect budding freelancers with potential clients and this has been a helpful way to build a career for many professionals who want to work for themselves.

However, this is not perfect for everyone as these websites take a cut of the fee offered, so freelancers will have to work harder for their money.

One such site is Freelancer.co.uk and Bill Little, European director of the site, stated that there is “huge growth” at the present time for “everything and anything” in the freelance industry.

He cited accountants and events management staff as two of the areas companies are looking to fill on a freelance basis, adding: “Small businesses are posting anything you can think of – website creation, writing articles, translation, even back-office functions like virtual PAs.”

Another site operating in the UK is PeoplePerHour, which works in a similar way in that the employer hands over the money for the job to the middleman and it is then handed over to the freelancer on completion of the work.

There are also fees involves that professionals will have to factor in to their budgeting to work out how much they need to earn in order to pay the bills at the end of the month.

Budding freelancers may find it useful to use these sites for a short while until they get on their feet before working on finding their own clients that they can develop a relationship with over a period of time.

Mr Little cites one example of a woman who started freelancing as a voiceover artist and is now earning over £300,000 a year through her own business, so it can be a great route to success.

Have you had success building a freelance career? How did you get started and what tools did you use?

If you’re just starting out yourself, we’ve put together a guide to getting started in contracting we think you may find useful!

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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