In our humble opinion, 2014’s National Freelancers Day was the best yet. It’s an event that grows bigger and better every year, and one that draws necessary attention to the essential role that freelancers play in the UK (and international) economy. You already know that we sponsored and attended various events on 19th November, but those of you who aren’t Twitter savvy might not have seen the competition we ran in the build-up to the big day.
The idea was simple – encourage the large freelance community on Twitter to tell us exactly what it was about being a freelancer that they loved the most. As long as the Tweet began ‘I love freelancing because…’ then there was a chance to win. We decided to give away a £20 Amazon gift card to five runners up, and an iPad Mini 2 to one lucky winner. The competition went live on 3rd November and ran until midnight on the 19th.
We received a brilliant selection of entries – some hilarious, some from the heart, some business minded, but all communicating perfectly exactly why each entrant chose the freelance life. After much deliberation we narrowed down the field to the six finalists whose Tweets resonated with us the most. Take a look below:
@mummyblogger: I love freelancing because it offers the perfect mix of variety, flexibility and challenge and means I can work in my PJs!
@Bitsnark: I love freelancing because it turns me into a productivity swiss-knife; broadening my experience and building my skills.
@FreelnceParents: I love freelancing as it lets me design my own work life..the hours I choose…the projects I love…MY career in MY hands
@lee_brickley: I love freelancing because I earn more than my friends wearing only my pants
@Pezmc: I love Freelancing because I can work on the projects I love using my own schedule & spend time more with my partner!
@greendipped: I love freelancing because it is my hands on those handlebars. It is a rollercoaster ride, but it is my ride
All in all, a pretty perfect summary of the reasons why freelancers choose to strike out and make it on their own. We really want to thank everyone who took the time to enter, to those who helped us spread the word, and to the winners sharing images of their spoils on Twitter. We loved every Tweet that came in, and we hope you enjoyed National Freelancers Day 2014 as much as we did.