A freelancer is self-employed and offers their skills or services to other businesses for a set period of time. Freelancing is common in some IT, marketing and creative sectors.

Freelancers can be totally independent, actively marketing themselves and managing all their own work, or can be represented by a company or agency that sells their skills, and which offers a full range of financial and other support services.

As a freelancer you have the freedom to decide what is an acceptable minimum financial payback for your time and effort, but it is advisable to be clear in your own mind what this minimum is.


a-n network - a-n is a member organisation for artists providing support and advocacy. Their network pages include advice (updated regularly) on what to charge

Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-employed (IPSE) - includes a guide to freelancing which is available to download

Guardian article on how to become a successful freelance.  Although this article is now a few years old, it contains some advice which is still relevant.

Guardian small business network

American Blog article - how to become a freelancer from home

Setting up as a freelance translator - course from the Institute of Translation and Interpreting

A day in the life of a freelance translator - blog post from Exeter University

Contractor UK - including first timer guides

Fiverr - US based site but with offices in London and Berlin

Freelance UK - includes a freelance directory - Bidding site where you can advertise your services and bid for projects

People per hour

TaskRabbit - mainly DIY, delivery, home repairs and cleaning tasks advertised

UK Language Project - guide to starting your career as a freelance language teacher

Upwork - American site but also lists freelance jobs in UK

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