Well this week has sure been a very interesting one for my freelance work.
At the beginning of the week things were looking a little bit ropey. I had very few jobs on the go and despite all my twittering and emailing potential clients nothing seemed to be materialising. Being in Bristol I thought getting freelance web design work would be pretty straight forward as the city is a huge creative hub. Turns out it’s not as straight forward as I first though. Not because the work isn’t there, it’s just trying to find it can be a bit of a mine-field.
However, by Wednesday this week I had completed the development on the One Health Physiotherapy website, I had a new little job from friends down the corridor working on something very different from my past work and I have also managed to land a large contract working on a very exciting project. My feelings today about freelance are, shall we say, a bit more positive than they were at the beginning of the week!
Admittedly I have to echo the old saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” that helps you in business. However, just because you don’t know someone who can give you work today, it doesn’t mean you won’t know them tomorrow. I was lucky enough to meet the guys at Atomic Smash because I rent a desk in the Hype & Slippers office. If I wasn’t doing this I would never have met them, and would never have got the work from them. The same goes for the work I’ve done with Hype & Slippers too.
So as I’m a week-and-a-bit into freelancing; obviously I now consider myself and expert in the field and so I’m now going to part some words of wisdom for anybody else looking to take the plunge. (I really don’t consider myself an expert. I was joking! Geesh!)
So that’s my 3 (non)expert tips on how to start out in the world of freelance. Hopefully I’ve given some of you the confidence to make it out on your own (No poaching my clients please). And remember that in a week you can easily go from having nothing, to having so much work that you’ll begin to panic about how you’re going to fit it all in!
Anyway, it’s my Stag do this weekend in Brighton. This may be my last ever post, depending on how evil my Best Man is feeling. Good luck everyone. (I feel like I should be saying that to myself!)
Hi, my name is Glenn Flanagan and I’m a Web & Print Graphic Designer and Front-end Web Developer based in Bristol, UK. If you’d like to take a look ay my full portfolio website, please visit glennflanagan.com