Freelancing for beginners

The essential newbie's guide to going freelance


Deciding whether or not to go freelancing is a difficult decision. Many wannabe freelancers spend months teetering on the edge, not fulfilled with their current work life, but also not confident enough to quit their full time job. Others may have already made the leap but started off badly, whilst some may have been forced into freelancing through redundancy or firing.

Whichever stage you’re at, the world of freelancing is full of uncertainties, and requires hard work, intelligence, perseverance and the occasional stroke of good luck. But once you’ve mastered it, going freelance is the best way to work in the world, giving you the freedom and flexibility to do what you love, while living life to the full.

 This guide will help you to look at the situation objectively, giving practical tips and advice on how to succeed as a freelancing newbie.

 What will you learn?

  • How to decide whether or not to go freelance

  • Tips and resources for finding work

  • What your legal rights are as a freelancer

  • How to manage your clients and get paid on time

  • How to adapt to a new way of working


1. Is going freelance right for you?
2. Backup plan
3. Finding work
4. Freelance lifestyle
5. Financial & legal decisions
6. Getting motivated
7. Separating work & life
8. Managing clients
9. The long-term
10. The choice is yours

Freelancing for beginnersby Nick Chowdrey Download

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About the Author

Nick Chowdrey Crunch Technical Writer

A writer and journalist with a passion for technology, politics and economics, Nick is fascinated by how the internet continues to shape modern society, particularly in the areas of business and communication. With an MA in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Sussex, Nick is well-versed in creating content across various platforms, and loves using his skills to educate, inform and entertain.