Blog Post #15 - Creative Resources + Let's Talk Freelance 
I'm excited to announce I am launching a new segment to the creative resources blog. Here I will be talking to some amazing freelance businesses about their journey to freelancing, their experience working as a freelancer and everything in between. If you are thinking of taking the leap to freelancing or are an established freelancer you won't want to miss this.
I want to share the experiences of others to help other like minded individuals / small teams on their creative career journey. My route to freelancing wasn't a simple route. I went from internships, full time employment, part time employment to then taking the leap to freelance. I now work freelance 4 days a week and lecture 1 day a week. I think it's important to share that it's ok to have different path's to your career, it's part of your journey and you will only gain experience, learn lessons and grow from it.  
This week I speak to Lotta from SomeComm, a Somerset based social media marketing agency who specialise in visual marketing and Stacey from Allwood Designs, A Somerset based freelance Graphic Designer who works across web design, logo design and social media marketing.
I speak with Stacey Jones, founder of Allwood Designs. Stacey is at the start of her freelance journey and talks to me about daily freelance challenges, her choice to go freelance and what's next on her journey.
What made you choose to take the freelance route?
So many reasons!! But mostly because I really wanted to be my own boss, and work with people one on one, on projects I felt passionate about and enjoyed doing. Also, I have hereditary kidney problems and I’ll need a transplant in a few years, and not many employers are happy with taking on someone who will need A LOT of time off when that time comes. So, the ability to work from home and choose my own work pattern is not only great now but will be a huge benefit to me in the future. I’m also very lucky all my current clients are aware of this and are super, super understanding and supportive, so I know I work with amazing people.
As a freelancer what is the biggest challenge you face on a daily basis?
Being paid on time! I feel this is the most common answer amongst freelancers, am I right? Haha Adobe crashing has to be another one, especially when I’m illustrating and get so into it, and haven’t saved for ages and the programme just decides to give up on me, it’s such a pain!! 
Stacey's New Prints Launching Friday
Stacey's New Prints Launching Friday
Stacey's New Prints Launching Friday
Stacey's New Prints Launching Friday
What are you most excited about moving forward as a freelancer?
Growing. Simple as that really. I’m the type of person that loves to keep on learning, and in this industry, things change every week so there’s always something new to learn, whether that be a new feature on Squarespace, Instagram changing their algorithm (yet again) or a new adobe update and you discover a new tool that makes your life so much easier! Continuing to learn is what I find most exciting personally about being freelance. as to be another one, especially when I’m illustrating and get so into it, and haven’t saved for ages and the programme just decides to give up on me, it’s such a pain!!
1 piece of advice you would give someone looking to go Freelance? 
Trust your gut, with everything! If you feel something is “off” whether that be with a potential client or a piece of work, your gut is telling you that for a reason, so trust it completely! Sorry, going rogue here and giving another… but always, always send a contract and don’t start anything until it’s signed. The horrible stories I’ve heard and seen online about freelancers basically getting screwed over by clients and they literally can’t do anything because the dotted line hasn’t been signed. Even if they are the nicest people in the world, or even a friend you’ve had for years, still do it!
Keep up to date with Stacey's journey on her website, Instagram and Etsy store.
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For our second 'let's talk freelance' chat we speak with Lotta, founder of SomeComm, a Somerset based social media marketing agency who specialises in visual marketing. Working across Bath, SomeComm work with some fantastic clients across the city including Double Tree by Hilton, Abbey Hotel Bath, Bath Brew House to name a few. Scroll down to  see how SomeComm came about and the advice she would give to anyone coming into the freelance world.
What made you choose to take the freelance route? (over say full/part time employment. Or do you do both freelance and part time employment? If so why?)
I had worked as a social media manager in hospitality on the side of my day job and realised how much I wanted to help businesses through my knowledge. I never thought I would have enough courage to start a business but I then created SomeComm and it was the best decision ever! 
As a freelancer what is the biggest challenge you face on a daily basis?
Of course right now, while we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, every day is a bit uncertain! I lost a lot of clients in the beginning of all of this and was completely defeated - however I’ve been able to slowly build everything back up again and I am glad I worked so hard before COVID hit. ​​​​​​​
Founder of Somecomm, Lotta
Founder of Somecomm, Lotta
What are you most excited about moving forward as a freelancer?
I think right now we’re the future. So many people are losing their jobs, which is totally heartbreaking, that more people will want to go freelance, and maybe it’s easier for businesses to use freelancers when it doesn’t come with a big commitment. 
What is 1 piece of advice you would give to someone looking to go Freelance? 
Don’t give up! It’s really hard in the beginning and you may come to a point where you want to quit - please don’t. You know you’re good at what you do, just keep going. 
If you are looking for social media support then get in touch with SomeComm here. You can also follow them across Instagram and Twitter.
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Huge thanks to both Lotta and Stacey for being part of the first #letstalkfreelance. It's great to hear from businesses about their freelance journey and how they are currently coping during these unprecedented times. Let's continue to creatively support each other in as many ways as possible. Next week we chat to founder of Proper Talk and Frome based freelance designer Kane McGuinness. ​​​​​​​
A freelancer who wants to streamline how they run their business? Check out Freelancer Resources for a whole library of resources to help you with all things freelance from creative too accounting.
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