Hello Sam, really nice to hear from you and to read your message. Thank you. They are really encouraging words and I think you are right in that it's what I want to do. I have thought about going freelance for years. I am in the process of setting up a website for the business. Any other guidance or tips welcome. What were the first things you did? I do have a stable in house job at the moment so I can get started.
You got some really great work - illustrations and all sorts. Your website does need to be changed but it can be a work in progress. I think starting to freelance while employed is fine - but don't let your employer get wind of it or you could be out on your ear! You also received some extremely worthwhile advice here from Sam. Definitely have a separate bank account (the tax man may be interested and you can also claim expenses - travel, business cards, stationery etc). If you can have a separate space to work in that's also a good idea. I've been working at home for just over 2 years having had a print centre, staff, premises etc and wish that we had ditched it sooner, I love working from home!
Hello Bigdave, thank you for the response (sorry for the late acknowledgement!). It is really good advice regarding payment. I also told my director that I am working on a website to do some freelance work. He actually didn't seem to mind as my employer hopefully knows I am dedicated to my inhouse role regardless of anything else.
I am in the middle of setting up a business website because it will be nice to separate it from my current personal portfolio rather than alter the existing one. I am still wondering how to incorporate web design as a service, I can customise (brand) wordpress themes, does that count? Or design a simple site to give to a developer. Not sure how to put that one across.
Thank you for the message. Positive stuff reading that. It must be hard in some circumstances working at home or on your own and I can understand the need for having a studio and I hope I achieve that in the near future. I guess it depends on home life too. What did you do to get clients to start with?
Thanks again for the encouragement.:icon_smile:
I think the benefit to an office/studio space is that it removes the temptation to sit in your pants watching Jeremy Kyle all morning. I've got a mate who's studio is directly accross the stree from his flat, it's so close that he can use his home wifi at work.
I know it's an added cost but it needn't be expensive, perhaps find an office share with some complementary businesses?