Oct 29

Being a Freelancer

Our expert advisor, Elsa Monteith, is a freelance writer and broadcaster working with design studios, arts organisations, exhibitions, and radio platforms to help advance accessibility and representation in and beyond the arts industry.

Elsa has recently been featured in the Financial Times talking about how she started freelancing after graduating from university. She says: “I never thought of [freelance work] as realistic, wise, or possible. It was only when I was presented with mentorship, guidance, and the assurance that it’s a realistic possibility did I think I could reasonably avoid a conventional 9-to-5.”

Although being a freelancer offers an incredible opportunity to control how and when you work, it is not an easy process. Before establishing the service or product that you are offering to your target audience, it’s important to develop and build a portfolio. Creating a compelling portfolio is an integral element to becoming a successful freelancer. It showcases the work that you have done previously as well as your skills and expertise. After this process, you should move onto developing a pricing structure - look at your competitors in the market, and figure out how much they are charging for a similar service to yours. It’s important to market your skills effectively to secure clients and projects - think about what strategy would work best for your service and test them out. 

Amidst all these, do not also forget to continue developing and upskilling yourself. If you would like to know more about how Elsa started her freelance journey straight out of university, click the link below to read the Financial Times article. Want to have the freedom to work from anywhere, at any time? At The Digital Nomad Project, we equip you with all the skills necessary to start your freelancing journey. Sign up now if you would like to be a part of our project. 

Link to Elsa's interview: https://www.ft.com/content/bc8a3a6f-cf75-4728-b7b0-38b5684f63bf