Thinking about a freelance career? You’re not alone. The UK’s freelance workforce is growing. According to statistics from the Professional Contractors Group, around 1.4 million people in the UK are freelancers.
Furthermore, there is some evidence to suggest that those born in the 80s and early 90s – known as Generation Y – now see freelancing as both an attractive and lucrative career option.
A survey of Generation Y students for freelance recruitment agency, Elance, found:
- 85 per cent of students believe that freelancing will be the norm in the next five years.
- 87 per cent of students graduating with a 1st or 2nd believe freelancing was a viable and desirable career option for them
- 21 per cent of grads with a 1st intended to kick off their careers as freelancers
The Elance report concluded that “For Gen Y, work is no longer a place, the office is obsolete, and the concept of a traditional “job” is anachronistic”.
Whether you are GEN Y – or just wish your office was obsolete – if you’re thinking of taking the plunge into freelance work, we’ve put together a list of FIVE of our favourite websites for freelancers in the UK…
This site might not look as sharp as it could but it’s packed full of useful stuff. It has dedicated sector sections including Journalism and Copywriting, Marketing and PR, and Photography and Photojournalism.
You’ll also find pages on Starting Out and Tax and Legal issues and it has a freelance jobs board and forum, too.
This is a handy site for freelancers and those looking to start a business. It has sections on What to Start, How to Start, and How to Grow.
This is a great little website for the latest news on freelance working. It contains some good advice and resources too.
The Association of Independent Professionals & the Self-Employed is a membership association. It has a very useful website with some excellent research reports on the sector that you can download for free. It also has free advice guides and tools.
Over on the BBC Academy website’s Production page you’ll find a really useful section on freelancing. There are tips, success stories, and advice on freelancing in radio, TV, and how to use social media to progress your career. We love – you will too!