LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a useful website in terms of making connections and looking for jobs. LinkedIn advertises jobs, companies and people making it a great place to start when you are looking for jobs. It is also a good way of connecting with other people within your field, to get helpful tips or make friends that…

Freelancer For Hire

Whilst conducting research I found that there are certain websites that you can put your details on and those who are looking for your services can find you and contact you though these websites. It seems that it is smaller companies or individuals that are most likely to hire people from these websites but it…

How to write a photography business plan

I used this article to give me a clearer idea of how to make a business plan, I did not use every point of this article but it did allow me to think more thoroughly about some things that I had not previously considered. I found this article very helpful and allowed me to think…

Importance of a Portfolio

A portfolio is a living and changing collection of records that reflect your accomplishments, skills, experiences, and attributes. It highlights and showcases samples of some of your best work, along with life experiences, values and achievements. The personal information that you incorporate into your portfolio can greatly reflect on your abilities as an individual as…

Interview With Freelance Photographer

Interview: Matt Dowling On Being A Freelance Photographer And The Importance Of Finding A Mentor Why do most freelancers fail? What can they do to fix it? Do freelancers need mentors?In this interview, I talk about these burning questions and more with Matt Dowling, co-founder and director of The Freelancer Club and the director of…

Starting a Freelance Business

This article is technically about freelance writing but I think the same principles apply really: I was 22, and had stepped into freelance writing quite by chance. After an illness made me quit my full-time job as a journalist, I started working as a writer to make some money while I recovered. Imagine my horror…

Tax and National Insurance

As an employee, you pay Income Tax and National Insurance on your wages through the PAYE system. It’s important to check you have the right tax code and are paying the right amount. If you are self-employed this becomes your own responsibility. You can earn a certain amount of income each year, called your Personal Allowance,…

Business Accounting

Without basic bookkeeping and accounting, your company will flounder. You need to keep books so you can understand what’s going on with the company financially, and so you can pay your taxes and remain in the good graces of the government agencies that regulate your business activities. To do your business accounting correctly, you need…

Insurance for Freelancing

Insurance is a necessary part of working freelance, you will need a way of covering your back if things go wrong, without it all coming out of your own pocket which could cause you to become bankrupt. There are three types of insurance that are necessary when becoming a freelance photographer: Public liability insurance Public…

Working Freelance

Fashion and advertising photographers tend to work freelance as advertising companies like to vary their photographers, instead of employing someone full time. Because of this fashion and advertising photographers have to declare themselves as self-employed for legal and tax purposes. To do this you have to declare self-employment to HMRC, this then means that you…