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#FreelanceLife | Chapter 6 | Kat

Posted 11 months ago by Matt Cooper
FreelanceLife Chapter 6

We are rolling into the second #FreelanceLife of the year!


By now the New Year is in full swing, resolutions are going strong (or have already been forgotten) and one thing you may have thought about doing in 2018 is going Freelance. Whether you have or not, this series is the perfect way for you to get a true insight into what it's like to be a freelancer from the highs, to the lows.


This chapter we follow Kat, Creative Designer and Illustrator extraordinaire! Kat has worked within design and illustration for over 6 years and now works as a freelancer, specialising in producing creative design and illustration for advertising and brands. A familiar face on the Birmingham freelance scene, you may remember Kat from our special edition of #FreelanceLife when we went on the road to Glug Birmingham.


Over to you Kat...


 

1. What is your favourite thing about being a Freelancer?

The freedom to work on what I want - whether that's at different agencies or with my own clients, you feel really in control of your own progression and career path.

 

2. What is your least favourite thing about being a Freelancer?

I haven't encountered too many issues with being freelance so far, but I'd say probably remembering to file my receipts! 

 

3. What skills are essential for a Freelancer?

I'd say you need to be ambitious, and determined. 
I've definitely found it's important to be friendly too - you meet so many people being freelance, it's definitely a people person job I think!

 

4. On average, what time do you start and finish work?

It depends on the type of projects I'm on, if I'm doing agency work it tends to be between 9-6pm, but my illustration projects can be a bit looser.

 

5. How often do you work remotely?

I'd say about half the time I'm remote. I work at a few agencies that are really good with letting me working remotely, but there are some places where it's easier if I work in the studio. My illustration projects are generally all remote because I'm painting or doing traditional work, which can be a little messy - and I have a good set-up at home. Or if I am working remotely doing digital/design work I will go set up in cafe, or a workspace out and about as I enjoy working with other freelancers when I can.

 

6. What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?

I know quite a few other freelancers who eased me into working freelance and they were so supportive when I was starting out. I made sure I sussed up before I did it full-time, so I didn't really have any big surprises. 

 

7. Would you ever consider going for a permanent position?

I think if it was the right fit for me then I would consider it, but at the moment I'm really enjoying the freelance life. 

 

8. What is the standout memory from your Freelance Career?

I think the day after I left my permanent job and I was contacting people about freelance. It was such a great feeling - I mean it was mixed with emotions of nervousness I think, but it also felt empowering that I was now starting out on my own. 

 

And a silly one .. because we had too!

9. What song best represents your Freelance state of mind? 

I think I'm going to go with 'Free Bird' Lynyrd Skynyrd...

 


If you want to work with Kat on some of your creative projects get in touch with me today. 

As always, we love hearing all about your #FreelanceLife so if you want to share yours, contact one of the team today. You can get up to date with all the previous chapters and special editions of #FreelanceLife via the blog here.

See you next time,

#FreelanceLife Team x

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Introducing Becky

Originally coming from a marketing background myself I’ve always had a huge interest in brands, businesses and the people behind them - I find it f...

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Senior & C-Suite Recruitment

Our focus on working collaboratively with the sector we recruit for has always allowed us to deliver the very best talent for our clients; recruiti...

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#FreelanceLife | On The Road | Glug Birmingham

This week on FreelanceLife we’ve taken a break from the regular format, got out of the office and headed to a local event in Birmingham. Hosted in ...

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#FreelanceLife | Chapter 2 | Tim

Welcome back to #FreelanceLife! We started the series with a wonderful first chapter from Copywriter Marcus which you can still get your hands on i...

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5 Tips to Achieve Job Satisfaction

According to the dictionary ‘job satisfaction’ means, “the extent to which a person’s hopes, desires and expectations about the employment he or sh...

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#FreelanceLife | Chapter 1 | Marcus

Welcome to #FreelanceLife! This regular blog series has been created with freelancers in mind, whether you’ve been one for decades or just starting...

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6 Tips for Creating/Updating a Creative CV

This may sound obvious, but it is essential that your contact information is displayed clearly on your CV. If your skills are shining through on yo...

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Prolific North Awards 2017

Last week, on an unusually warm Thursday evening in Manchester, the fifth Prolific North Awards took place. It’s always the most hotly anticipated ...

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Prolific North Awards 2017

Last week, on an unusually warm Thursday evening in Manchester, the fifth Prolific North Awards took place. It’s always the most hotly anticipated ...

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Demand is growing for temporary workers. Here’s why.

As a specialist recruiter in the marketing/comms, digital and creative sector, we are seeing a marked increase in the demand for permanent talent, ...

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Prolific North Awards 2017: Why They Matter

There is only one week until the Prolific North Awards 2017 and at Pitch, we could not be more excited. This year will mark the 5th time the awards...

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Pitch Consultants Salary Survey 2017

Every year we publish research into how marketers and creatives are remunerated across all skill sets both in agencies and in-house marketing teams...

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How to Build a PR Portfolio

In our previous article we talked about how to put together the perfect creative portfolio. This time we’re going to look at PR portfolios. The gen...

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