Fashion Freelancer Round-Up
If you are a fashion freelancer your talent, creativity, and ability to network to find new clients is your key to a successful business. It is imperative that you find a system and workflow that helps you churn out the work in a timely manner. You can have an awesome career working in the fashion industry as a freelancer and make really good money. But you have to manage your career and your business well.
Believe it or not, creative people tend to not be the best at keeping things organized. It is not uncommon for a creative person to live in a bit of chaotic organization. Does that sound like you? If you are not sending out your invoices on time and following up you could be losing money. If you are not networking to find new clients you might find yourself in downtime and this makes it difficult to manage your expenses.
This month, as part of the 6 part Fashion Freelancers Business Series, we have covered all aspects of what it takes to run your own successful freelance career and business. If you are considering freelancing check out the other articles that are part of this series at the bottom of the page.
As a conclusion to this amazing blog series, we wanted to talk to some experts! To find out how successful fashion freelancers stay on top of their game I asked top fashion freelancers from all different areas of the industry (photographers, stylists, designers, etc.) what their secret was. I asked:
“What is one thing you do to help you grow your freelance business and keep consistent work?”
Here are their answers:
“The main constant that keeps my freelance business going is the networking and freedom of using social media. I love networking over Facebook and Instagram, which helps me find new clients and opportunities for the business to grow. I use groups on Facebook to help me network in the right industries. Social media can also be an excellent way help the freelancing community. We should all be using social media in a positive way to make your business grow.”
Technical Fashion Designer
“I would actually advise not having one single thing you do to grow your business, have many. Keep your eggs in multiple baskets! New clients and projects can come from anywhere so keep your ears open and your eyes peeled. I guess the biggest thing for me is keeping in touch with people, staying in the loop with what they’re up to and therefore at the top of their minds too. Same with old clients, just email them and ask how things are going so you can stay in touch. Be active on LinkedIn too. In all your interactions be kind and helpful to everyone. Keep up with your networking even though some months will be quiet and some will be super busy. Be tenacious!” ☺
“You must be reliable, honest and most of all creative. Take the time to get to know your client. If possible meet them face to face and build a friendship. Last but not least if you commit to a project follow through!”
Fashion Stylist & Beauty Expert
“One thing I do to help grow my business is taking on work that scares me. When a project comes my way that seems beyond my experience or will require fast-paced decision making and a prayer to get done, I always say yes. At this point in my career, I know that I can always make it happen – somehow it all comes together – and when I complete a project that everyone knew was going to be a challenge, I prove myself to not only the client but to everyone on the team. Freelance styling relies heavily on networking and referrals and a lot of that networking for me happens on set. If I can present myself there as someone who can get the job done skillfully even when the job is difficult, there can be no better lasting impression than that.”
Freelance Stylist & Fashion Writer
“As a freelancer, I think it’s really important to have several different flows of income. For me, that involves styling and personal shopping, editorial writing, influencer collaborations, and advertisements on my site MakingManhattan.com. Keeping consistent work involves building relationships within the industry, so a lot of what I do is building connections by attending appointments and events throughout the day. I also am constantly doing outreach to brands introducing myself, I’m always open to new opportunities and never say no to anything.”
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Freelance Product Developer
“I work very hard while I have the gig and then stay in touch with my bosses/ co-workers after the gig is over. I’ve been asked back to the same companies multiple times.”
Freelance Pattern Cutter
Networking. Networking events are very important for businesses. Its a way for individuals and freelance business owners to come together to connect or collaborate with one another. In this event, we can also connect with potential clients/partners.
Fashion CAD Freelancer
“I think the most important strategy to keep design work flowing in is to keep in touch with coworkers past and present. Not just checking in via social media.”
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