We help make your business a success

What is a freelancer?

Freelancers can sometimes seem like a mythical beast to those who work in full-time employment. Like the Sirens of Greek mythology, from afar they look great. They get to wear what they want, work from home and pick their own hours. Up closer inspection, though, life as a freelancer isn’t quite so leisurely. It’s certainly not easy, and is far from the carefree life many others assume it to be. So what, exactly, is a freelancer?

Essentially, it’s someone who works for themselves. This means they don’t have your run-of-the-mill employment contract with a company (although there are plenty of people who do freelance work in their spare time outside their normal job).

This means a freelancer must go out and find work themselves. This can be done in a number of ways and, usually, an array of methods have to be employed. It can include networking events, word-of-mouth, job posting sites and your regular old CV spraying. Often, freelancers may not know when their next job will be coming in – so half the battle is constantly searching for new work.

All jobs vary in size as well, so it’s pretty common for a freelancer to be working on a number of projects at once. This also means they can have several different clients at the same time. A freelancer, therefore, has to be well-organised. This means keeping tabs on various conversations, deadlines and work in tandem. Without organisational skills, freelancers can really suffer.

In essence, the freelancer runs their own business, which brings a lot of extra work with it. Administration, accounts, marketing, and all that other stuff that your average worker doesn’t have to deal with alongside their actual job. This is why the idea of the relaxing life of a freelancer is a myth. Not only do they have to do the job they’re trained in, they have to learn how to do all the other essentials along with finding the time to do them too.

In the end, a freelancer is someone who is willing to take risks. Risks that involve putting the responsibility of their working life and career progression on themselves and doing all they can make rent at the end of the month.

It can be a tough life, but it can be incredibly rewarding as well. Either way, it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. You may also be wondering the origin of the word ‘freelance’!

Invoice templates


Our invoice templates are professional and sharp. Use them to directly invoice your clients and get paid fast.

Business guides

Business guides

From understanding expenses to starting a limited company, our downloadable business guides can help you.

Payment reminders

Payment reminders

If a client hasn't paid an invoice, download our late payment reminder templates and get that invoice paid fast.

The best accounting advice

Our accredited team are on hand to help you choose the best package

We understand that it can be difficult deciding whether or not to switch accountants, but at Crunch we’ll offer you fair, unbiased advice on what’s best for you.

Find out more