Ever wondered if freelancing is a good option for parents? Megan Sayers reckons it definitely is.
Parenthood is just one of many topics covered in this episode – so have a listen.
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Some of the things covered in this episode…
- How did you get started? Megan talks about being self-employed straight out of university, but wanting to test her skills within an agency
- We talk about juggling kids and freelancing, and whether freelancing is suitable for parents… Megan suggests that freelancing can actually be beneficial for freelancers, because it gives you freedom and flexibility
- You don’t mind working evenings or weekends to make up for time spent with your loved ones – and it helps that you can earn a decent chunk of money in a few hours
- How easy was it to return to freelancing after a stint within an agency? Megan found it surprisingly easy and the transition has gone smoothly
- Megan talks about Brighton Farm, a networking event for freelancers and about how 10 years in the industry is a massive help when it comes to finding freelance work
- Coworking is also helpful for finding work – it’s a great way to build relationships
- Megan is trying to steer towards work that she enjoys and that is right for her – so being more selective and building a coherent portfolio of work
- Quotes, proposals and deposits – vital to ensuring you get paid
- Where do your clients come from? Wired Sussex – an association for digital industries in Sussex – has a useful project board. Networking can also be helpful – Megan approaches networking simply with an interest in making friends and being friendly, rather than trying a hard sell. It’s more important to build real relationships through natural conversation.
- I seem to suggest that anyone who goes to networking events is likely to be obnoxious – this clearly isn’t true; but it’s undeniable that networking events can attract some of the worst people in business
- Megan shares her experience of speed networking “I didn’t die”
- Can you imagine ever going back into a regular job? Megan is currently committed to freelancing as it’s perfect for her and her son – at the moment
- Also the earning potential of freelancing is hard to beat – plus it provides an incredible amount of flexibility
- Holidays are hard! And not earning money – while spending lots – is especially tricky to manage as a freelancer
- Getting sick – what do you do? Megan dreads this as it’s difficult to manage client demands if you’re unable to work
- Would you encourage a friend to go freelance? Megan would – because the lifestyle benefits are great
- Freelancers must be proactive – work won’t just fall into your lap