I wish I'd known about the importance of having a strong network of other professionals around me.
This could be other freelancers, people you've worked with previously in an agency, or anyone who you can reach out to if you ever wanted any help.
I've found that being a freelancer at times can be a bit daunting, especially when you run into issues. You're the one who has to deal with all sides of your business - marketing, sales, accounts, and tax - everything else that comes aside from actually 'doing the work'. Sometimes it's easy to forget about all these other sides of the business.
Having a small network of other people around you to go to, to chat about things when you need a bit of help is invaluable. I didn't have this network around me at the start but I've slowly been able to build one up in the 10 years I've been working as a freelancer.
Another benefit of having a network of freelancers, especially if there are overlapping skills between them, is that you can often share projects or pass work to one another. Perhaps you pick up a client that needs a new website but you don't offer that skill. You can pass it over to a freelancer you know and trust, and if it's a good fit you'll have probably done them a nice favor. You never know, they might return that favor one day too.
If you're struggling to find a network you can also try joining a local coworking space as you'll be bound to pick up some useful connections, or even to join a Slack or other online group. I found a great one called the Digital Marketing Union which has been well worth the membership. It's a safe space where you can chat about all things business, freelancing, and of course, digital marketing. Finding a community of like-minded people and building your own little network will make your life so much easier as a freelancer!
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