Freelancing checklist

Before you start, there are a handful of precautions that new freelancers might want to take. If you think you're ready, double check this list to make sure there's nothing you've overlooked.

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  • Do you have at least three months of living expenses saved up?

  • Are you registered for self-assessment with HMRC?

  • Do you have access to all the equipment you need?

  • Have you set up your workspace safely and ergonomically?

  • Do you have a separate bank account to store business cashflow?

  • If you’ll be turning over £25,000+ do you have an accountant?

  • Do you have a safe way to store all your work documents, backed-up and encrypted?

  • Do you have all the appropriate insurance for your line of work? (most commonly public liability insurance, but specialists might need insurance tailored to their field)

  • Do you have a workflow, routine, schedule or business plan to follow?

  • Do you have your first job lined up?

Other resources for freelancers

From here, there are two steps to take: first, find resources that cover your own sector. Secondly, do your best to find your community. Online is helpful, but a physical group of people that can support you, mentor you and advise you will go a long way in building a successful career as a freelancer.

  • Crunch has excellent UK freelancer financial advice 
  • has the most up-to-date information for freelancers in the UK about rights, tax and legal obligations
  • BECTU's Creative Toolkit includes information about freelancing in TV and film

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