Business Guides - Starting Out

Should I become a freelancer?

Freelancing is on the rise but are you ready for the benefits and the challenges it offers? 

Handy tools for freelancers getting started

Today there is a wide choice of digital tools that you can use. Here are some of the best free tools for freelancers to help smooth their way

Start a business that matches your personal skillset

If you have the right skills there are multiple ideas for businesses that you can set up. You can freelance, work for yourself and be your own boss by starting a business that matches your personal skillset. 

Why it’s the best time to become a freelancer

The number of freelancers in the UK is on the rise, particularly in London. Now could be the best time to become a freelancer and here is how you can. 

Freelance career options if you're good with numbers

A guide for any prospective freelancers for what freelancer careers they can have if they have a financial background and/or are good with numbers. Some freelancer careers include bookkeeper, accountant and maths tutor. 

Essential practices for anxious freelancers

A guide for freelancers who get anxious when it comes to running a business. The main takeaways from essential practices for anxious freelancers include keeping organised, keeping on top of taxes and being prepared. 

How to build a LinkedIn profile that generates business for freelancers

This step by step guide will show you how to build a LinkedIn profile that generates business for freelancers. A Linked In profile can be a great way to create a good first impressing and build professional relations to generate business. 

9 search engine-friendly website design tips

Attractive web designs can get you customers, but only if the website is achieving a good ranking. As a freelancer, you can attract potential customers, by making the web pages SEO friendly.

A guide to hiring freelancers

This guide on hiring freelancers for your business highlights both the pros and cons of hiring freelancers, finding and sourcing freelancers, qualifying the right candidates, interviewing the freelancers, creating a brief, paying the freelancers, getting the most out of them and legalities to be aware of. 

Expert Guide on Freelancer CV formats

Creating the perfect CV for yourself as a freelancer can pose as a challenge, therefore, Matt Caraven from The CV and Interview Advisors brings you the expert guide on Freelancer CV formats. The extensive CV guide highlights the various formats of CVs and how to put one together. 

How to brand yourself as a freelancer

This guide on how to brand yourself as a freelancer highlights how a freelancer can start creating their brand. A business brand that reflects you as a freelancer should taking into consideration, online presence, business name, choosing a logo and defining your brand. 

5 freelance business ideas you can start this new year

You can freelance whilst having a full-time job, or you can leave behind the restriction of being an employee and going freelance full time. Here are 5 freelance business ideas you can start now that have low start up costs and allow you to work flexibly and remotely. 

How do I hire a freelancer?

Are you a business owner looking for extra help? Have you considered hiring a freelancer, which can offer multiple benefits over hiring an employee? If you have decided to hire a freelancer for your business, here is all you need to know. 

How to achieve seasonal success as a freelancer

Freelances need to make sure that they achieve seasonal success by being prepared. Your preparations will vary from freelancer to freelancer as well as the field you are in. However, there's no doubt you need to make preparations and get ready for the new year. 

How do I become a freelancer?

Have you dreamt about becoming a freelancer? Here is our guide - how do I become a freelancer for prospective freelancers. Topics covered are deciding on your industry, building a portfolio, setting up your company, marketing your business and building your client list. 

How much can I earn as a freelancer?

Have you considered becoming a freelancer and wondered how much can I earn as a freelancer? Well, there are a variety of elements that play a part in your earning potential. How much you can earn as a freelancer will be determined by your location, industry and experience. 

The pros and cons of freelancing

Freelance be a dream or it can be an incredibly daunting prospect. You will need to consider both the pros and cons of freelancing to make the right decision of going freelance, that is suitable for your lifestyle and industry. There are some great benefits such as flexibility and pitfalls include loneliness. 

How to start a freelance personal training business from home

Do you take an interest in exercise and enjoy it and are looking to start a business? There this guide will help you on how to start a freelance personal training business from home. 

How freelancers can build a powerful personal brand on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the most powerful business networking tool on the planet, and as a freelancer, you simply cannot afford to miss out.

The Rise of the Self-Employed

The number of self-employed is rising due to the many benefits. Individuals are either taking up a side hustle or going full employed because of the extra income and the flexibility which supports the work-life balance. Here is how you can become self-employed.

Turn your side hustle into a legitimate freelance business

Have you got a passion that you work on? Can you make money from it? Then here is why you should consider turning your side hustle into a legitimate freelance business. 

Freelancing while you’re at university

A guide for university students looking at going freelance as a side hustle. Freelancing can be great for students as it can be additional income and it comes with flexibility. Students can also benefit from the real-life work experience. 

How to gain relevant experience before going freelance

The guide on getting relevant experience before taking the jump into going freelance gives four ways in which you can gain experience including, training and courses, doing work for free, creating a portfolio and networking. 

A graduate’s guide to freelancing

A graduate's guide for any prospective freelancer. The guide for graduates focuses on deciding if freelancing is the right path, the pros and cons of freelancing, the business side of freelancing and getting the right skills and experience. 

Setting up your company

Limited, sole trader, umbrella? An overview of the different options available to you and advice on the best way forward.

Is freelancing the life for me?

In this guide we explore the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing and give 10 qualities that make a successful freelancer.

Planning for success - setting your goals

Once you are sure the challenges and rewards of freelancing are for you, we recommend that you take an honest look at factors determining the success of your business - you and your skills.

Research your market

There are several key ways to find your first contract role. This section helps you on your way if you're new to freelancing.

Why you need a business plan

Every business, no matter how small, needs a working plan for the future detailing where you are now, where you want to be and your strategy for growth.

Raising Finance

Methods of raising finance for your freelance business.

                             

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