Samira Shackle, a freelance writer for the Guardian recently posted this thread of her top tips on Twitter.
I thought it was worth sharing as I’m sure many established MJA freelancers will be nodding their heads in agreement at this advice.
But are there any tips you can add?
As the number of outlets for commissions continues to shrink, it’s crucial to keep an eye out for opportunities and keep reminding potential outlets and clients of your skills.
As Samira suggests, shifts and part time work are a good way to supplement freelance earnings. And if you have the right skills for an advertised job, but don’t want to go on staff, it’s often worth applying and offering your services on a part-time or contract basis.
Another must is to keep on top of your accounts — and chase poor payers. (Have a look at resources for more advice on this perennial problem). If necessary, send them a formal ‘letter of demand’ and threaten to take them to the small claims court. It’s not difficult, and in my experience it persuades even the most recalcitrant non-payers to stump up.
If you have a mortgage — as most of us do — investigate the option of an offset savings account. It’s a great way to nibble away at your mortgage as you put tax money aside. Premium Bonds, or National Savings bonds, are an other option, though the odds of a win ain’t what they used to be.
If you have any more tips, please add them via comments