Freelancing is not just a UK trend. It is a popular option for workers across the globe. The benefits of working whenever you want, on different projects, pushing your abilities and learning new skills is an exciting option that needs to be considered. To be your own boss, earn your own money and have complete autonomy of work, is appealing to many people who have had to endure the 9 to 5 in the past. There are many flexibilities the gig economy has to offer. Knowing where to find the best freelance platform in the UK is the first challenge, there are many to choose from. If you are new to Gig Life, there are some websites out there to help (obviously this one), If you have chosen to be a Gigger, or it has been forced upon you, it is still an exciting opportunity full of possibilities.
In this article, we will give you some options to kickstart your freelance career in the UK, so you might at least find enough work to pay the bills.
- Freelance Websites– best thing about technology is it brings us closer to opportunities not limited to our own comfort zone. A good place to begin searching for gig work is surfing the web. Sites like Worksome, PeoplePerHour, Skillbox (a UK only platform), and TaskRabbit are some of the popular sites to find gig work.
- Contact Companies Directly- this may sound no fun but if you do it the proper way, it can create new contacts and potential opportunities. Some companies are in search of freelancers, they might not have the time to use the platforms, they might like the personal touch, and the direct contact. You could send them an email and ask if you can be of any assistance. As a tip, you can do a bit of research and find the name of the people who are likely to be in-charge of recruiting freelancers, and address them by name in your email attached with your CV.
- Recommendations – you can encourage your colleagues and friends to look out for you, and recommend you to their employers. You can build up a profile and seek recommendations for your work. You can build up a profile on line and in your social media accounts. You never know, they could pass your details to someone in need. The same goes with networking with other freelancers, when someone has too much on their plate, they might like to have some help.
Aside from the aforementioned, you can also promote yourself using your social media platforms to let your virtual friends know that you are available and capable of doing freelance work.