Chapter three

Working

Once you’ve finally secured that awesome freelance booking there’s is a few bits and pieces you need to know. Below are are my tips and best practices for making the most working as a freelance creative in London.

Contracts

You usually have to sign a contract before you start working. This contract will be sent to you from the recruiter or from the employer themselves. The contract states the terms and conditions that you will be working under. It will state your day rate, length of booking, overtime specifics and importantly how much notice the employer has to give to terminate your contract. Depending on the employer, they can often terminate your contract immediately with any notice. Some contracts state it’s a 24 hour notice period. Please read your contracts carefully before you sign. It’s important that everybody is clear on what the ins and outs of the booking are.

  • Working tip: Always make sure you get a contract. It protects you as well as the client. Also check the small print. Some places can cancel your booking with a days notice and you don't want to be cancelled at 4pm on a Friday.

    Tony Goff
    Tony Goff Freelance Designer/Art Director

Using your own computer

A lot of freelance creative bookings in London will require you to bring your own computer. It is advisable, but not mandatory to have your own your laptop with all the relevant software to get yourself regular freelance contracts.

Timesheets

Timesheets are super important. They suck but they are super important. Make sure you get familiar with the timesheet system the agency or your recruiter has set up for you. You will need to have this complete and approved so you can get paid. I advise doing your timesheet as soon as you have finished your contract each week.

Working remotely

If you do have the option to work remotely and can’t work from home. There are a number of great, free public places in London to set up shop and get some work done.

The best free, public spaces in London to get some work done:

  • Working on site tip: If you’re working with an agency workspace I recommend taking your own mouse and mousepad into the office. The number of times I’ve been sat in front of some really crappy setups. It really helps to bring in some of your own gear. Meeting a deadline using a crappy mouse is tough.

    Craig Barber
    Craig Barber Senior Designer / Art Director