Kicking off Enterprise Hub Start Up Week was a brilliant ‘Is Freelancing for Me?’ event with Enterprise Hub Partners The Women’s Organisation! Local business women Heather from Blue Tang Marketing and Jenny from Jenny Ball – Life & Business Coach for Women shared their experiences of getting started and promoting yourself as a freelancer. 

If you are thinking of becoming a freelancer and missed out on the event, here are some quick tips to takeaway:

  1. Always put a contract in place – Managing expectations on both sides is key and ensuring you have a written agreement avoids any misunderstandings
  2. Take a down payment – Where possible ask for a percentage up front. It can take a long time to finish a project, so ensure you have cashflow to keep you going
  3. Showcase your work – Build a portfolio of examples as you go from previous work and ask for testimonials
  4. Ensure you are insured – Depending on the type of work you are doing you will need different business insurances. Get some advice to make sure you have everything you need
  5. Network for the next project – While you may be busy now, don’t lose sight of the next project.  It can take a while to bring in new work, so plan in time to promote while you are working on other things

A fantastic morning was had by all with some real food for thought taken away.  Some of the women who attended the morning said:

“This has been the kickstart I need- everyone input was invaluable” 
“Really well presented good time to explore options” 
I enjoyed “Hearing from other entrepreneurs  their stories advice and experience” 
My favourite thing was “Being able to speak to others in similar situation in a relaxed environment” 
“Really liked the talk from new starter.” 
I enjoyed the “Positive attitude and experience”

The next similar event will be the Enterprise Hub Start Up Conference on 10th October, so if you are looking for help to get started follow this link to book. 

Thank you to the DWF Foundation who match funded this event which was offered as part of our Enterprise Hub programme, part funded by European Regional Development Fund.