Freelancing & self employment

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A guide for Staffordshire University students and gradutes to freelancing and self employment.

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<ul><li><p>StaffordshireUniversityCareersNetwork2015</p><p>1</p><p> HowdoesFreelancingwork?Typically,someonewillpostajoborprojectonanonlinefreelancewebsiteandinterestedfreelancerswillbidonthejob.Theysayhowmuchtheywouldchargetocompletethetaskandwhytheyarethebestpersontocarryitout.Often,theseproposalsaresealedsothatonlythehirercanseethefulldetailsofalloftheproposalstheaimbeingtopreventproviderstryingtoundercutthebidsthatotherfreelancershavealreadybeenplaced.Thepersonwhopostedthetaskthenchoosesfromalloftheproposalsthattheyhavereceivedandawardsthejobtothecheapestproviderorthefreelancertheyconsidertobethebestqualifiedforthetask.Thefreelancerthencarriesouttheworkandsendsthecompletedprojectbacktothehirer.Ifbothpartiesareagreedthattheprojecthasbeencarriedoutinasuitablemannerthenpaymentwillbefacilitated.TypesofFreelanceworkWriting/TranslatingYoucouldbeaskedtowritearticles,productdescriptionsforonlinestores,orevenSocialMediaupdates.Ifyouarefluentinanotherlanguageyoucoulddotranslationwork.ThisisprobablythemostaccessibletypeoffreelancingworkoutthereespeciallyifyouhaveanEnglishqualificationandareusedtowritingessays.</p><p>GraphicDesignThiscouldbeabitmoreofachallengingsectortojoin.Notonlydoyouneedcopiesofindustrystandardsoftware,butyouneedtheskillsandimaginationtouseittoitsfullpotentialandmeetthedemandsofyourclients.Youcouldbecreatingalogoforacompany,animatingvideos,illustratingPowerPointpresentations,orworkingonadvertsthatwillappearinpapersandmagazines.</p><p>ProgrammingandITProgrammersarethebrainsbehindwebsitesandappswealluseeveryday.Theyaretaskedwithbuildingsoftwarethatiswelldesignedandeasytouseforthetypicalcustomer,andoftenhavetowritecodetomakeithappen.Atypicalprojectmayincludehelpingwebsiteswiththeirsearchengineoptimisation(SEO).Analysingstatisticsandmanagingdatabasesarecommonjobsonfreelancesites,too.</p><p>AdminSupportOneofthemostpopulartasksiscalledtranscription,andthisinvolveslisteningtorecordingsofconversationsandtypingthemout.Youcouldevenbeaparttimepersonalassistantansweringphonecallsfromcustomers,planningthebosssscheduleandbookingtheirtravelarrangements,orperforminglightresearchfortheirreference.</p></li><li><p>StaffordshireUniversityCareersNetwork2015</p><p>2</p><p>FreelancingwebsitesTherearealotofFreelancingwebsitestochoosefromincluding:</p><p> StudentGemswww.studentgems.com Gradlancerwww.gradlancer.co.uk Elancewww.elance.com Guruwww.guru.com Upworkwww.upwork.com Freelancerwww.freelancer.co.uk Peopleperhour</p><p>www.peopleperhour.com Clickworkerwww.clickworker.com Fiverrwww.fiverr.com Elevatorcafwww.elevatorcafe.com 3deskwww.3desk.com Authenticjobswww.authenticjobs.com</p><p>Howtosucceed... Fillyourprofileoutproperlyandmakeit</p><p>standoutfromthecrowd. Addaprofessionalphoto. Whenyoufinishajob,askthehirertoleave</p><p>goodfeedbackonyourprofile Somewebsitesofferfreeskillstests</p><p>completeasmanyasyoucan Donotbidonajobyoucannotdoitmay</p><p>leadtonegativefeedbackonyourprofile Donotbidtoohightostartwith.Itmaybe</p><p>worthdoingafewcheapjobstobuildyourprofileandgetsomepositivefeedback</p><p> Checkthehirersprofileistherepositiveornegativefeedback?Havetheypostedjobsbefore?Beawaretheremaybeafewdishonesthirerswhotrytotakeadvantageofthesystem</p><p>SelfEmploymentThedefinitionofselfemploymentisstartingandrunningasuccessfulbusinessorsocialenterprise.Startingyourbusinesscanbeveryrewardingbutalsoalotofhardwork.Wheredoyoustart?</p><p>SPEEDPlusisasixmonthbusinessstartupprojectpartfundedbytheEuropeanRegionalDevelopmentFund(ERDF),whoaimtohelpcreatenewbusinessesintheWestMidlands.TheprojectisledbytheUniversityofWolverhampton,whoworkinpartnershipwithKeeleUniversity,BirminghamCityUniversity,StaffordshireUniversityandCoventryUniversity.Specialistconsultancy,development,advice,helpandsupportisofferedtocurrentstudents,graduates,alumni,staffandpartnersfromANYsubjectarea/industrytostartandruntheirownbusinessalongwiththeirstudies,aftergraduationoralongsideemploymentinasupportiveenvironment.ContactD.Wiernikowska@staffs.ac.uk forfurtherinformationThefollowingisalistoflinkstowebsitesthatcanhelpyouinvestigatebecomingselfemployed.Prospectshttp://www.prospects.ac.uk/self_employment.htmlMakeithappenhttp://www.mihmentoring.com/Gov.ukhttps://www.gov.uk/browse/businessBusinessEnterpriseSupport(BES)http://www.enterprisesupport.org/StaffordshireBusinessInnovationCentrehttp://www.thebic.co.uk/StaffordshireChambersofCommercehttp://staffordshirechambers.co.uk/businesssupport/startingbusiness/BusinessGatewayhttp://www.bgateway.comStartupshttp://www.startups.co.uk/UnLtdhttp://www.unltd.org.uk/Cobwebhttp://www.cobwebinfo.comThereisalsoasectiononselfemploymentonEcoachwww.staffs.ac.uk/careers/ecoach</p></li><li><p>StaffordshireUniversityCareersNetwork2015</p><p>3</p><p>CareersNetworkTheCareersNetworkishereforstudentsandgraduatesfromtheverymomentyouenrolatStaffordshireUniversity,andforeverafter.Wecanhelpyou: Getparttimeworkandworkexperience. Planandmakedecisionsaboutyourfuture</p><p>career. Prepareafabulous,professionalCV. Practiceinterviewtechniqueandpreparefor</p><p>interviews. Arrangeacourserelatedsandwich</p><p>placement. Meetemployers. Andlotsmore...Wedothisthrougharangeofservices,including: eCoach,ouronlinecareersportal. Facetoface,andemail,Employability</p><p>Coaching. Careersfairsandnetworkingevents. Unitemps,ouroncampusrecruitment</p><p>agency. Centralisedsandwichplacementsteam.eCoachThrougheCoach,StaffordshireUniversityscareerportal,youcanaccessthelatestcareerrelatedadvice,tutorialsandtools,including: OnetoonecareerCoaching. InteractiveCVbuilderandCVchecking</p><p>service. Interviewsimulatortohelpyoupracticeyour</p><p>interviewskills. AssessmentCentretoolandpracticeaptitude</p><p>tests. Learnaboutyourselfusingpsychometricand</p><p>personalitytests. Watch100sofinspiringreallifecareer</p><p>stories.</p><p> SetyourowncareergoalsusingCareerPlanner.</p><p> Searchmillionsofjobsfromthousandsofjobsitesallinoneplace.</p><p> Researchandnetworkwiththousandsofcompaniesintheemployerdatabase.</p><p>Gotowww.staffs.ac.uk/careers/ecoachandeitherclickonlogintoeCoachandsigninwithyournormalUniversityusernameandpassword,or(ifyouhavegraduated)clickontheRequestausernameandpasswordlinktogainaccess.GettingcareershelpThereisaCareersNetworkontheStokeandStaffordcampuses.Wereopendaily,from9amto5pm.OurEmployabilityCoachesseestudentsdailyfrom10amto12pmand2pmto4pm.Youarewelcometocallinatanytimeandseeus.Alternatively,ifyouprefer,weofferemailCoachingviacareers@staffs.ac.ukjustdropusalineandwellallocateaCoachtoyou.Contactus:Online:www.staffs.ac.uk/careersEmail:careers@staffs.ac.ukTelephone:StokeCareers01782294991Telephone:StaffordCareers01785353233Locations:StokeCareersNetworkTrentBuilding,LeekRoad,StokeonTrentST42ARStaffordCareersNetworkGroundFloor,BeaconBuilding(nexttotheGrumpyMule),Beaconside,StaffordST180ED</p></li></ul>

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