Becoming a Freelance
If you have decided that freelancing is for you then here is a brief overview of the steps you need to take to start on your journey
- Firstly you will need to register as self employed with HMRC, you can do this on the HRMC website, information on how you need to do this is available on the same website so have a good read through before you register and make sure you can commit to all that’s required of you when freelancing.
- You need to start keeping accurate accounts as you are now responsible for working out how much and when you need to pay your income tax and national insurance (this is for UK Freelancers, check your own government requirements for other countries)
- You may want to consider using an accountant to submit your yearly taxes when they are due, this will be at a costs so make sure you know how much this is likely to be and allow for this when you are budgeting your income over the year.
- You need to make sure you have available contact details for yourself that you can use for clients and potential clients, this is easier if it is separate from your personal contact details or email address, there are different websites where you can sign up to for a free email address which you can use just for your freelancing.
- Make sure you have the necessary equipment to start freelancing, an essential is a laptop/computer along with the necessary software and programmes associated with events management, usually this would include Microsoft office programmes or similar software that can open documents/spreadsheets.
- Make sure you are visible as a freelancer on your work social networks, so event organisers can find you and make sure to include details of your experience so far, making it easy for potential clients to see the event experience you have.
- You may want to setup a website outlining some of your experience, you can get cheap easy to design sites, however setting up an website for this isn’t essential and you can work as a freelancer without one.
- Start researching event freelance roles and applying, make sure your existing work network knows you are know freelancing so that if they come across any work for a freelancer, they know to come to you.
And fingers crossed, remember you might not always have work flooding in but if you stick with it you can build up a good client base, being patient is a good quality to have when you are freelancing.