• How to be a part-time freelancer – free time freelancing

    Did you know a lot of freelancers started out doing bits and pieces in their free time, around their full-time jobs, families and other responsibilities? Taking the plunge into full time freelancing can be, well…..terrifying! But free time freelancing is totally doable, and a great way to test the waters.

    Read on for my guide on how to get started as a part-time freelancer…


    Choosing what to do:

    You can do anything! Here are a few of the most popular options:

    • Virtual assistant – admin generally.
    • Social Media
    • Pet sitting
    • Baby sitting
    • Baking
    • Cleaning
    • Ironing
    • Graphic design
    • Blog design
    • Make Up
    • Hairdressing
    • Teaching/Tutorials
    • Wedding planning
    • DIY jobs
    • Decluttering
    • Gardening
    • Renting – You can rent out anything, from items you own to your home for filming!

    Where to find freelance work:

    When you want to find freelance work, but don’t have the time or money to promote yourself or network, there are plenty of tools you can use.

    • Fiverr – This task marketplace lets you offer a small service for $5. This is a great way to make a small amount of money while building up your portfolio.
    • People Per Hour – Another bidding marketplace, People Per Hour can be useful for picking up the odd job you can do during the evening or at the weekends. I occasionally pick up writing work through PPH, so it’s worth signing up for.
    • Task Squad – I wrote recently about Task Squad. If you’re 18-25, you can do ad hoc jobs through Task Squad, ranging from public stunts to event supervision.
    • Get your friends involved. Do you offer a service like baking, sewing, graphic design or child/pet care? Ask your friends to keep their ears open for any potential opportunities.
    • Get social. Creating a Facebook page for your work is a great way to promote your product or service, with no costs and little time commitment.

    Tax and finances

    If you’re hoping to freelance on the side of a full time job, you’ll need to get legal. When it comes to tax and NI, HMRC has a pretty detailed page about this. Essentially, your tax situation at work shouldn’t change, but you’ll need to start putting money aside from all your freelance earnings, to pay your tax bill and NI. I usually try to put 30% of my income away for tax/NI/business stuff (then whatever I have left after paying my bills goes on fun stuff.)

    Work/Life Balance

    One of the important things when considering free time freelancing, is working out how much time you want to dedicate to it. While it might be tempting to fill your free time with extra work to earn extra money, you’re not doing yourself any favours. Try to keep at least a couple of evenings or a day at the weekend free from work, so you have a chance to recharge. You might also want to check your contract, as some employers prefer that you don’t do the same work for other clients, especially if they’re possible competitors.

    Are you tempted to do some free time freelancing? 

  • Freelance Marketplaces – are they worth it?

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    This morning, after a couple of technical difficulties, I managed to have a great hangout with the lovely Rosie from One Man Band Accounting. We discussed a topic that I think a lot of you might find interesting – freelance marketplaces. Sites like Elance, People Per Hour and Fiverr, where you can bid on jobs or project against freelancers all over the world.

    Want to know what we thought? Hit the play button below to watch our hangout (30 mins)!

    Listen in to find out:

    • Who freelance marketplaces are best suited to
    • Which sites we rate
    • What to look out for if you’re a freelancer
    • What to look out for if you’re hiring.

    Do you use freelance marketplaces? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments below! 

  • Five ways to make money part time: Make the most of your free time

    how-toWant to make money part time, alongside a job? I’m not talking thousands here, but potentially a couple of hundred pounds a month if done well. It’s not as hard as you might think. Here are five fairly simple ways to earn a little extra money in your spare time…

    Park some money in your account

    Rent out a parking space – If you’re out for most of the working day, and you live in a town centre or near a train station, this is for you. You can rent out your parking space easily, using sites like Depending on your location, you can earn up to several hundred pounds a month, for very little effort.

    Snap up some cash

    Love taking photos? Have a skill for getting a great shot? You can earn money from your photos. There’s a great guide over on The Next Web about selling your photos online.

    Money in the hand for handmade products

    Online marketplaces like Etsy (USA) and Folksy (UK) let you set up a little online shop to sell your products. It’s a great way to get your handmade products seen, without having to invest in a website. You can sell almost anything on there, from greetings cards and posters to jewellery and gadget cases.

    Make a bid for it

    Offering a service? There are a bundle of sites you can go to, to bid on jobs that need doing. I’d recommend checking out Fiverr, People Per Hour and, occasionally, Guru. You won’t earn as much as if you got the job direct, but every little helps.

    Pet Sit/walk

    If you love animals, and have some spare time during the day, pet sitting or dog walking is a great option. Many people prefer to have a visiting pet sitter rather than a residential pet sitting job, so you may need to have a CRB check.

    Matched Betting

    Matched Betting might sound a bit odd, but essentially it’s a way of taking advantage of sign up offers bookies offer, balancing them against an exchange so you break even, then use the bonus money they give you to make a profit. If you want to give it a try, Profit Accumulator (affiliate link) talks you through your first two bets for free where you can make a profit of up to £45. It’s not something I would recommend to anyone who has a very addictive personality or gambling issues, but in theory if you stick to the process there’s no risk. Have a look on Google or YouTube for some reviews. People can earn anywhere from £250-£1000+ a month, and it’s tax free!

    Do you have any other suggestions for how to make money part time? Selling products and services? Jumping on eBay? Odd jobs? Let me know in the comments!