There are millions of articles about how to become a freelancer online. I found most articles out-of-date, irrelevant, too vague or posed questions that I wasn’t ready to answer yet (“could value-based pricing work for you?”).
The irony of that first sentence is not lost on me, but I wanted to share some things that I found useful when I started out.
Mark Boulton: Designing For The Web (Chapter 5)
Whatever your industry, this chapter is priceless. The section titled Making the switch from being employed to self-employed is worthwhile and documents a process that’s relevant to anyone about to make the jump to freelance.
Pension Prep for Freelancers
When I started out, setting up a pension wasn’t high on my to-do list. It was there, but I overlooked it.
This article on the FreeAgent blog looks at how much you need to save at different age ranges. Handy if you’re not sure how much you should be saving.
Work For Money, Design For Love
Despite being aimed at graphic designers, this book contains some fantastic advice about setting up as a freelancer. The book includes anecdotes from the author and other contributors. Highly recommended reading.
Mike Monteiro: Why I Need to Know Your Budget
Getting clients to understand the importance of being open about their budget is tricky. I’ve written about it before.
In this post, Mike Monteiro, of Mule Design and “F*ck You. Pay Me.” uses a personal anecdote that perfectly illustrates the importance of being frank about finances.
Maternity Pay for Self-Employed Mothers
If you’re self-employed and about to introduce a new human to the world, you need to read up on the Maternity Allowance. This guide from FreeAgent covers everything from rates, to the controversial ‘Keeping in Touch’ days.
How much to charge
Knowing how much to charge for your services when you start out is difficult. This article from Dan Mall offers some practical advice on getting an initial figure.
Calculating Working from Home Expenses
You can claim expenses for working from home, but how do you work this out?
This infographic from FreeAgent gives you a simple and reliable method for calculating what you can claim.
Pro tip: you can’t claim your water bill unless it’s an essential bit of your business.