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Community Freelance Foundations Task 1: Why Freelance?

  • Task 1: Why Freelance?

    Ben Matthews created 1 month, 2 weeks ago 7 Members · 8 Posts
  • Ben Matthews

    Administrator
    August 26, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    This is the first task from the Freelance Foundations course. 

    Leave your answers in reply to this post!

    A reminder of the task:

    Take a break from your day and use a note pad or your phone to jot down your thoughts.

    What are your main reasons for going freelance at the moment?

    What do you like about your current work?

    What do you want your new freelance business to achieve? 

    Who is the audience that you want to attract?

    Leave your answer below!

  • John Dill

    Member
    August 27, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Based on my skills and experience, I would say Content Writer and SEO Specialist. I would love to write about travel, philosophy and other such interesting topics, but I need to consider where the demand is for my services from a monetary perspective.

  • Jenny Lister

    Member
    August 27, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I have exactly the same reasons as you, and especially so I can choose who I want to work with and the kind of the projects and completely avoid the office politics.

  • Melissa Rodrigues

    Member
    August 27, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    My main reasons for going freelance: Autonomy, Flexibility, Curiosity, and Creativity.

    What I like about my current work (not freelancing yet): Learning new shit (ehem, skills), testing my knowledge, and of course, the funny stories.

    I want my new freelance business to give me the freedom to work remotely and independently. I want to have autonomy over every project I undertake. I want to travel the world dedicating every sensation, encounter, and experience to my craft – earning an income in the process.

    Absolutely no interest in scaling up in five years. I will just be lone-wolfing it and adapting my skills to the ever-changing market demands until further notice

    Who do I want to attract? This is a tricky one. I would intuitively say, ‘People like me’. But then I see myself in such a diverse range of people, geographies and interests that it’s fair to say I risk being a jack of all trades, and Mistress of none.

    I am working on defining my niche, but as far as target demographics go, I resonate with:

    – The struggles of living independently from a young age and navigating the kitchen/washing machine/vacuum cleaner without hauling everything over to the mum’s. The dishes I can deliver with the most random of fridge – dwelling leftovers is astounding!

    – Sex and travel: Experience tells me there is a market for this, and I am ripe (still working on the ready) to explore it!

    There are many more, but this assignment is turning into an essay. I will continue to ask myself these questions every day, and keep it at the forefront of my focus.

  • Stuart Davis

    Member
    September 11, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I made the decision to go freelance as a result of necessity and desire. The training company that I had been working for dissolved and the writing team was downsized significantly. I grew increasingly dissatisfied and disconnected, both from work and life in general. It was quite obvious that I needed a fresh challenge.

    The first couple of months of my freelancing career have had their ups and downs. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of writing about a range of subjects and adapting my writing to different channels. However, there have been some concerns about the level of income and need to continuously market my services in order to win new contracts. I am hoping that it will become easier as word spreads about the quality of my writing services.

    I would like to reach the point where I have a solid and reliable freelance income. However, I realise that this will take some time and a considerable amount of work on my part. I am also hopeful of building a network and connecting with others in the freelance community.

    As it is still fairly early in my freelancing career I am open to all sorts of work opportunities. However, the areas that I am focusing on are sports, business training, digital marketing, and mental health/wellness. I offer a variety of freelance copywriting services, as can be seen on my website – https://www.writespot.co.uk.

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    • Ben Matthews

      Administrator
      September 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm

      Hi Stuart, that’s an amazing story – tough that the training company was downsizing and brave of you to make the leap to freelancing, must have been a scary time!

      I found that it took about 18 months of freelancing before I started getting referrals from existing clients and word of mouth kicked in to give me a good supply of clients. How long have you been freelancing for?

      Another lesson to learn is to try and win more retained clients where work carries over month on month. Finding new clients and writing project proposals can take a whole lot of time up, whereas with retained clients you can just focus on the work and get a nice payment at the end of every month. Are there any services you offer that might work as a retainer?

      Good that you are looking to build your network, you’ve come to the right place!

      And I’ll take a look at your website and give feedback on your offering, if that would be useful?

      Thanks!

      Ben

  • Michael Muir

    Member
    September 16, 2019 at 9:28 am

    As a learning and development specialist I want to deliver the learning that I know makes a real difference and choose to be more flexible with my work so I have a much better work/life balance.

  • Fatima Hassan

    Member
    September 29, 2019 at 12:21 am

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