5 Tips for Freelancers by Thou Shalt Not Covet

This is Michelle here from Thou Shalt Not Covet, I’m just filling in for today while the lovely Georgina is away on her hols! Today I want to talk about Freelancing.. whether it’s writing, PR or any other media role you’re hoping to get into, it’s a natural progression for many blogger to be interested in one of these career paths. I personally freelance in social media management and blogger outreach, so I thought I’d offer a few pointers today for those looking to follow down the freelancing road –

1. Update your CV. Firstly it’s important to recognise the skills you already have. You write a blog, yes? What skills do you use for that? Are you hot on Twitter or Instagram? Maybe you have a million followers on Pinterest? Make the most of your achievements and don’t be afraid to include them however insignificant you may think they are. I managed to miss out being put forward for a job recently because my CV didn’t state that I’m experienced at using WordPress. Silly me! Maybe you use Photoshop to edit your photos? Or maybe you vlog too? There are so many skills to be learned through blogging. Make sure you big them up on your CV.

 

 

2. Intern. Interning is a fantastic way to get your foot in the door, apart from gaining valuable experience to add to your CV, it’s also a great opportunity to get a taste for the ‘real work’ involved in your particular career of interest. (I should point out now that the glamorous side of freelancing is only a very small part of the job!). Interning can also bring up some excellent networking opportunities so you can get to know people in the industry. UK Fashion Intern is a good site to check out for positions, so is Fashion Workie. Also don’t forget to search Twitter using relevant hashtags including the industry (fashion, beauty etc) and #intern. This is actually how I found my first intern role. Don’t forget Gumtree can be worth a look too! Be aware when applying for intern or apprentice roles though, as some companies are just looking for cheap or free labour. If your not sure whether you are entitled to receive pay or not, make sure you know your employment rights and where you stand in terms of pay here.

3. Networking. As with much in life, it’s not necessarily what you know but who you know – especially when you’re starting out. Seriously don’t underestimate the power of networking. Whether it’s online or in real life, make the most of situations and talk to people. Being a wallflower will get you nowhere so engage in conversation, talk about your blog, talk about your career plans and what your goals are. You never know, the person you’re talking to could be the very one to offer you your first job, or even open new doors to potential clients.

 

4. Which leads me on to – Speak to your current contacts. Don’t be afraid to let your current contacts know what you’re up to. Whether it’s blog contacts, your friends Mum or Dave from the pub, as with point 3, you never know where a simple conversation could lead.

 

5. Promote yourself and offer your services. If you don’t promote yourself, then how will anyone know you exist? As you know, blogging is pretty much 50% working on posts, and 50% promotion. You can’t expect work and clients to magically fall into your lap! If you don’t promote what your offering then you can’t expect anything in return. Use social media to your advantage and don’t be scared to put yourself out there.

 

I hope this post has been helpful, I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you have any other tips to add to the list?
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