What’s the best way for me to hear about freelance roles from Workfish?
- Make sure you are registered with us so, as soon as an appropriate role comes in, we can contact you. If we call you, get back to us as soon as you possibly can – freelance roles go like hot cakes and if your name’s not down, you’re not getting in.
- Follow us on @Weareworkfish and @f_lanceworkfish, join our LinkedIn group (Workfish PR Freelance) to hear about jobs as they come in
- Keep us updated with your availability. Don’t wait for your current assignment to finish – let us know when you’ll be free again.
What is the freelance market like at the moment?
Like any market, levels of activity fluctuate and there are never any guarantees, but we usually have a steady stream of clients looking for freelance support. It’s one of the challenges of being freelance – you need to be in the right place at the right time. The best thing you can do is keep in touch and we will contact you when appropriate roles come in.
What should I be charging for a day rate?
Have a look at our day rate brackets here. Clients don’t necessarily stick rigidly to the brackets – so day rates are always up for discussion and negotiation on a case by case basis.
Is it true that I can make more money as a freelancer?
Well day rates do tend to be higher than the pro rata salary equivalent, so if you are in regular work by the end of the year you should have earned more. However, some freelancers choose not to work all year because they’d rather the work / life balance and others find they can’t secure regular work for whatever reason – add to this that the market fluctuates and you can see that not every freelancer will always be better off at year end.
Freelance, ha! It’s an easy life … isn’t it?
Being a freelancer can be a fantastic way of making more money and broadening your experiencing in a range of agencies – perfect if you’re unsure about your next permanent career move, or love the freelance lifestyle.
On the flip side, freelancers are expected to hit the ground running on day one. If your work isn’t up to scratch it’s very easy for an agency to tell you not to turn up tomorrow. Freelance work is often very fast paced, especially as freelancers are regularly used to cover imminent projects or launches.
Should I make my CV ‘freelance friendly’?
Your CV doesn’t need to be specifically ‘freelance friendly’ but a client in need of a freelancer might well scan-read CVs coming through, needing to make a quick decision, so:
- Make sure they can see at a glance which agencies you’ve worked at, on which brands and any project work
- If you’ve got strong contacts – list a few top tier titles.
- Don’t make the first thing on your CV to your education or qualifications, they matter but not as much as experience, so lead the way with whip-smart, easy-read career highlights.