Is freelancing for you?

Do you want the freedom of being your own boss and not being tied to one employer?

As a freelancer, you get to choose the work you want to do. As long as the outcome meets your client’s specifications, you can generally perform it in a way that suits you.

However, it’s not all easy. You have to find clients, the work may not be regular and, there may be a lot of competition for what you do. There’s also the lack of regular and guaranteed income that you have come to expect.SCC_business_1.1

So, what skills do you need to be a freelancer?

  • Business
  • Money
  • Taxation
  • Law
  • Marketing.

That’s just the short list! But, there’s so much more to know about doing freelance work.

Freelancer and author, Monica Davidson, runs our Freelance 101 Course. She’s even co-authored a book – Freelancing for dummies and is working on her second.

Freelance 101 Course

Freelance 101 is a three-day practical course which will show you how to:

  • start a freelance business correctly and with confidence;
  • handle the business and financial responsibilities, including taxes;
  • understand your legal rights and responsibilities regarding copyright and contracts;
  • understand and apply marketing ideas and principles.

Useful websites

Some useful websites from Monica’s own website to whet your appetite and see if freelancing is for you:

A Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing – www.gyford.com/phil/writing/2006/10/26/a_beginners_guid.php

Arts Connect – www.artsconnect.com.au

Creative Business – www.creativebusiness.com

Creative Business Benchmarker – www.benchmarker.org.au

Freelance Switch – www.freelanceswitch.com

The Business of Being Creative – www.thebusinessofbeingcreative.com

The Loop – www.theloop.com.au

For more information on Freelance 101 and to enrol.

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