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Can I still work freelance at 18 if I'm on a Apprenticeship?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by samhodsondesign, May 31, 2015.

  1. samhodsondesign

    samhodsondesign New Member

    Hi Guys!
    This is my first post and I dont know if Im posting in the right place but I wondered if you guys could help me at all.
    Im a 18 year old graphic designer and Im currently doing a 2 year apprenticeship. I'm on a £100 pound a week and it barley sees me through. I love posting new work on my portfolio and keeping it all up to date while getting clients at the same time, but i wondered if that is allowed whilst working on a apprenticeship? I just want a bit more money in my pocket. I kind of want to know my rights if there is any at all.

    Many thanks,
  2. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    According to Lantra...

    So that to me reads as a big fat yes?

    Get signed up with HMRC, get some clients, and get that cash coming in.
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  3. samhodsondesign

    samhodsondesign New Member

    Thankyou for your reply ill definetly look into it more and get signed with HMRC:)
  4. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    As a leveler to Paul's reply, whilst legally you may be able to, have you spoken to your employer or read your contract of employment? It's very possible that there will be a 'conflict of interest' clause in your contract that prevents you from undertaking your job (or one very similar) for anyone other than your employer.

    Even if there's nothing in your contract stopping you freelancing, a conversation with your boss has got to be the best way forward. The last thing you want is to have to leave your apprenticeship because you were sacked from your placement.

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