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Freelancer’s Unite

10-01_resources_roadmap_freelancing_ld_imgFreelancing is increasingly common. In my research, I write about the precariouness of entrepreneurial and freelance work so I was very interested to see this post on the Islington Hub’s blog. The article is writen by Enda Brophy (Simon Fraser University), Nicole Cohen (University of Toronto), and Greig de Peuter (Wilfrid Laurier University), researchers working on a project called Cultural Workers Organize, and describes an event called “Freelancers Unite! What rights are we fighting for?”

 Taking inspiration from recent efforts in Berlin to ignite a freelancers’ movement, this event was part of the space’s “50 Days of Freelancing” series. Speakers gave a big-picture view of the spread of independent work and zeroed in on the flipside of making a living in a flexible labour economy. Among concerns that participants shared were clients who don’t pay, pressure to do work for free (or almost free), and uncertain access to contracts following maternity leave. One of the things that the “Freelancers Unite!” event demonstrated is that coworking spaces are promising places for gathering members of a workforce whose trademark dispersal can make it tricky to reflect—and act—on livelihood issues collectively.

Despite the challenges in freelancing, the authors are positive about the oppportunities individuals have through co-working and developing aletrnative models of work. There is a lot of inspirational literature about how individuals can develop coping mechanisms for a better work/life balance but they are not always feasible in a real world context. Joint action and collaborative initiatives have the potential to address some serious issues such as social protections and income security. At this stage, just raising awareness amongst freelancers and cultural entrepreneurs would be a good start!

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Good Habits!

I like the idea of developing ‘habits’ to nurture your ideas. I picked this up from Dave Jarman’s project at the University of Bristol, Basecamp. They have produced a little book which starts with 10 habits to encourage entrepreneurial behaviour.

The habits can be useful for anyone starting a freelance or portfolio career, as well as budding entrepreneurs.

Habit 1 – Write down your ideas to help you remember them and act on them. Continue reading 10 Good Habits!

How Do I Look?

I discussed branding for a creative enterprise with my MA students today.

I wanted to demonstrate how a brand identity is much more than a logo and probably needs to develop over a period of time.  It will be part of all social media activity and can be reflected in the use of language and personal style.
In Young Entrepreneurs, Joanna Lord recommends a storytelling approach to encourage a discussion with your audience. Telling your story will help you build a community and encourage sharing. As a result your identity will develop through a dialogue with your audience rather than in a vacuum.

My colleague Frances Brown pointed out Johanna Basford’s website which is a beautiful example of a strong brand identity, with a very unique and personal style.

If you want to work as a freelancer or develop creative business you will have to think about your brand identity. You could start by collecting examples of other creative businesses – they might inspire you!

Do you have examples of brands you really like? Or dislike?

 

What is entrepreneurship in the creative, media and cultural industries?

This blog will try to explore the nature of entrepreneurial work for those working in small businesses, as freelancers and social entrepreneurs.

I will collect and publish the stories and real life experiences of  entrepreneurial individuals in the creative, media and cultural industries. This will include advice, anecdotes and the challenges they encounter.