Listen as I chat to Sarah Evans, a wonderfully-talented freelance web designer who lives and works in London. Sarah shares her tips for finding work, getting paid, and staying sane.
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Some of the topics covered in this interview…
- How freelancing can spoil you, and make it very difficult to move back into regular employment.
- How do you manage client relationships? Sarah talks about having to pick up these skills after leaving behind agency life – where the client relationships were typically handled by account managers.
- Have you had any difficult clients? Sarah talks about getting clients to pay deposits (40% up front), and to pay for projects in stages. Sarah also ensures a contract is in place before starting any work.
- Red flags – what would alert you to a potential bad client? Sarah gets wary when prospects take a long time to reply to emails
- Do you use any accounting software? Sarah uses Freeagent – which includes a bank feed to make the process of bookkeeping much simpler
- How much of your work is one-off projects – and how much is repeat business? – It took about 2 years for the repeat business to start.
- Do you manage to take holidays? Sarah admits that she finds it difficult to fully switch off during holidays.
- Would you advise a friend to go freelance – or would you caution against it? Sarah recommends doing your research before going freelance. Read books, blog posts and learn as much as you can about the business side of things.
- Do you have any side projects? Sarah talks about devoting her spare time to developing her business skills.
- Sarah talks about her new website for her new business identity, and finding a niche – assemble.design