A UK-wide search to find 15 freelancers whose one-person ventures are set to surge in 2015 is underway, looking for writers, web designers, architects and other self-employed creatives.
Designed to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of the nation’s self-employed, the 15 for 15 contest is open to any freelancer who believes that their independent business is “awesome.”
Entrants will likely be bright, brave and brimming with the spirit unique to one-person businesses, which can be a sole trading unincorporated business or a limited company.
They are also likely to know their own strengths because, to win the contest and be among the final 15, entrants must explain why they are “the UK’s best self-employed professional.”
Once they tout their ‘USPs’ on an online application form, which also asks about the highs and lows of ‘going it alone,’ they have a chance of being spotlighted to the rest of the UK.
But this positive exposure for both them and their business at a glitzy awards ceremony at London’s Tech City in November is only part of the potential prizes on offer.
In fact, the grand winner will net £5,000 in cash, and will be showered with business support, financial advice and IT kit throughout 2015. The 14 other victors will get these spoils too.
“If you are working for yourself and have done amazing things in business, YOU could be one of the 15 for 15,” the competition organisers say.
“Whether you are a web-designer, a writer, an app developer, an artisan baker or an architect, if you believe you are one of the UK’s brightest and best self-employed people enter 15 for 15 now.”
They added that the contest is open for self-nominations until midday on 1st September, when an expert panel of judges will begin selecting the best fifteen entries. They will then pick the overall winner.
Welcoming the UK-wide search, freelance group PCG said it was refreshing that entries from all self-employed people were being sought, not just those from “Dragons’ Den-style entrepreneurs”.
group added: “Not only does 15 for 15 aim to give the best of these great
business minds a helping hand, we also want to hold them up as shining examples
to anyone else who is considering self-employment.”