My Accountant also hires out crockery for parties! I suspect he probably has quite a few other freelance occupations, all of which he does supremely well. Tricky thing is, how do you market yourself when you have many strings to your bow?
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The need for creative Web and Graphic Design freelancers has been growing for years. These professionals are hired by companies for projects that include advertising materials, newsletters, magazines, corporate presentations, visual design for … [Read More...]
Busy creative people on fixed term contracts or tasks may find real benefits with an umbrella company services. Umbrella companies serve as an employer to people working on fixed short- term contracts and activities. The umbrella company then provides employment services for freelancers and contractors making sure that all the necessary administration is undertaken and all legally required tax and accounting is done. They will also offer ancillary services such as essential insurance. This is an easy way of focusing on creative tasks and letting the company quickly set up the payroll services. . So the benefits may be summarised as:
The service can benefit those on short term contracts and low hourly rates
The umbrella company manages invoicing and administration, follows up payments and deals with payroll. That is PAYE and National Insurance are calculated and deducted off the gross before net pay is sent to the freelancer or contractor, so reducing hassle about tax payments
Umbrella companies have benefit for those that maybe are only temporarily undertaking contract work, or for those who are just putting a toe in and seeing if freelancing works for them.
The one major admin task for the contractor is to ensure that the umbrella company gets time sheets and expense receipts on a timely basis.
The great thing about being a freelance writer is that you can take your work with you wherever you go. All you ever need is a laptop/ computer and modem and you’re off! Well, you DO need projects or assignments of course, but that aside, it provides an idyllic life style. You might be writing about Double Glazing or obscure engineering projects, but your view can be that of a beautiful beach.
A freelance writer can get creative during the hours of seven in the morning till lunchtime – or choose to work nights. You generally work alone, but the office politics are great! It’s not all about writing “that novel”. You might think about turning your hand to a myriad of different writing projects such as creating witty greeting card copy, magazine articles or writing professional letters of complaint! Brochures, newspapers and white papers all need to be written – it’s just a question of “getting the gig”. [Read More...]
To keep your business on track it’s becoming increasingly important to create a blog which, via one main hub, is linked to social media. This in turn will support and promote your site as well as building relationships with new clients. In order to set up the very best of social media links, a fairly new freelance position has emerged in recent years – that of the “Social Media Consultant”.
It’s important to promote and protect your business brand via a presence on social media. Social networking sites are becoming an integral part of business life and businesses must learn to use online media to reach their customers. It’s often the case though that, as it’s a burgeoning industry, there is not the “in-house” know how to establish a presence online. This is where Creative freelancers are carving a career for themselves as Consultants. Advice on appropriate and cost-effective advertising through social networking sites can reap rewards for any business. It’s also important and useful to learn how to create viral video clips and start up a corporate blog. [Read More...]