Dana Andrew

Dana Andrew, 15.09.2014
Museum and gallery project manager, trainer and consultant
Having recently made the transition to freelance work after 14 years of permanent employment, these are my top tips when considering this type of career change.  

1. Carefully consider your motivations for making the transition to freelance work. This will help you find the right kind of work for you. 

2. Working freelance doesn’t mean working fewer hours. You may choose your hours but the work still needs to get done, deadlines are shorter, and getting out of your comfort zone means new work can take longer than anticipated. The line between work and home can become blurred unless you are disciplined.

3. Make the most of networking opportunities. Most freelance work is word of mouth, so if you don’t enjoy getting out there and making time to foster your network, then consider if freelancing is the right move for you at this time. 

4. Work out how much income you need to survive and do some research into contract sums, tax, and the cost of running a small business. Many services you may have taken for granted will now have to be done by, and paid for by, you. This means no IT help desk when your internet goes down.

5. If it’s a transition you have been thinking about for some time then give it a go! If you don’t try it, you won’t know if freelancing is for you or not. Have a plan B, or at least some savings, in case things don’t go to plan.  

Dana Andrew is a museum and gallery project manager, trainer and consultant