Business Guides - Starting Out

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. 

Is freelancing 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.

Advice from the Forum of Private Business

Essential elements for start-ups and existing businesses - Freelance UK speaks to the Forum of Private Business about the best ways to turn your ideas into a commercial reality.

Freelancing insurance

There are various insurances that you might need, but Professional Indemnity is the must have for certain freelance sectors these days.

Getting a mortgage as a freelancer

Traditional lenders require three years of a freelancer's accounts, however Freelance UK has negotiated a special deal, with no arrangement fee with freelancer money specialists, FreelancerMoney.

Why you need a portfolio

A portfolio is a showcase for your talent and experience. As you move from job to job more frequently by nature as a freelancer, your portfolio will become your strongest selling tool enabling you to demonstrate past successes in why you were a useful or profitable resource.

How to get organised

As you are your own boss, you are the only person responsible for not only ensuring you deal with the day-to-day admin but also that you are compliant with all regulations.