Making the switch from a secure, permanent position to the world of contracting is a big step, and one that shouldn’t be made lightly. We know it can be a stressful time if you’re considering making the move, and that’s where we come in. After all, it’s not only about securing new client contracts. It’s about maintaining a sustainable business.
We’ve put together these four tips to help you increase your profitability as a freelancer. Read on!
Build a digital portfolio
Being able to showcase your past work through a high-quality online portfolio will help you secure new business. Being able to show potential clients that you’re able to deliver something that gets results is essential for any freelancer.
The time spent building and perfecting a portfolio is worth it. How many times have you been persuaded into a purchase after reading a whole host of great reviews? The concept is similar when it comes to case studies and portfolios.
It might seem difficult to sing your own praises to start with – but if you don’t, who will? It’s the best way to secure a new client.
As a freelancer, apps can become an integral part of your working day. They can help you become more organised and more productive. And without a manager looking over your shoulder or a team around to support you and help deliver tasks it can be tough to stay motivated.
Here are five of our favourite apps that you might find useful:
If you’re considering becoming a freelancer, regardless of the industry, there’s likely to be some hidden costs you might not have counted on when you first started out.
As a freelancer your overheads will be low. With no business premises and no employees, all you seem to have to pay out for initially are the fees that come with putting together a website (alongside some small marketing costs).
But what about the other potentially financially perilous situations you may not have considered?
When you think about cyber attacks, you probably think about the big data breaches. Snapchat. Equifax. The NHS. They might make the headlines, but in reality cyber criminals are targeting small and medium-sized businesses at a rapid clip.
Why? Smaller businesses are seen as easier targets, but they’re also often used as stepping stones to the larger organisations they invariably work with.
We’ve spoken about the prevalence of cyber attacks on these pages before. As we become ever more reliant on digital platforms, we leave ourselves more and more susceptible to the possibility of having our data breached.
Whether it’s a hallowed institution like the NHS or a corporate monolith like Snapchat seems to make little difference. The only prerequisite for becoming a target is inadequate protection and preparation.
We build our houses on firm foundations and plan our skyscrapers down to the final millimetre, but there are always flaws. The digital world, a superstructure of infinite proportions, is no different. As hard as we try there will always be a backdoor or an exploit somewhere waiting to be found.
If you’re new to freelancing or contracting and you’re after some advice from seasoned professionals then today’s your lucky day!
We recently took some time to gather a few of the best tips a new freelancer or contractor could possibly wish for.
We spoke to a number of contractors and freelancers who have all been there and done it. Read on for their advice.
Thinking of taking your career into your own hands? If you’re toying with the idea of becoming a contractor or freelancer, there are a few things that are useful to know before you start. Read on below and see if it’s still the career for you!
You actually don’t need much money to start
To start freelancing you don’t need a whole load of money, but you do need bags of passion and enough time to invest in your new business. Time has to be spent on building yourself a presence and being driven enough to submit proposal after proposal, even when you get knocked back time and time again. Passion certainly conquers all in this game and if you’re doing what you love, it’ll keep you interested and motivated to always do better.
We asked our good friends at iContract to put together a blog post for us on their platform and how it fits in with the future of contracting. Read on below for more!
It was recently reported that by 2020 50% of the UK working population will be self-employed. A quite staggering prediction, but also inspiring knowing that many people in today’s workforce want to enjoy the many benefits that come with working for yourself.
Giving evidence to this statistical claim is the rise of contracting. Contracting is proving to be a popular career choice for many, particularly in the financial and tech sectors. Despite being an industry that has experienced its fair share of headlines this year with changes to IR35, the Government u-turn over National Insurance contributions, and the ongoing Brexit debate, contracting still shows no signs of slowing down. It has been reported that the traditionally slower months of summer are still showing a healthy demand when it comes to hiring contractors this year.
If you’re a setting out engineer it’s more than likely you’ve seen a rise in your insurance premiums recently (or, in some cases, a point-blank refusal from insurers to provide appropriate cover).
Whilst the exact reasons for changes in average premiums are down to each insurer, it’s more than likely that the industry has seen an uptick in claims made against setting out engineers recently. Couple that with the risks that are often associated with such a precise task, and an unfortunate recipe for increased cost is created.
That’s where we come in. You might have seen our price promise already, but it’s worth reiterating. In the event that you find the same policy cover at a lower price with another UK company, we’ll refund the difference. It’s that simple.