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Marco moved from Italy to London in 2015, ready for a big reset in his life and career. He quickly found a job in design but he wasn’t happy with the work he was doing. In search of more creative freedom and control, Marco began working with ag
Nela Dunato is an artist, designer, and writer from Rijeka, Croatia. She likes to have fingers in 'many pies’, but equally has to balance the challenge of having so many hobbies that could also become work.As a freelancer she specialises as a b
Oladimeji studied architecture but soon realised he wanted to make his own thing. Not a building or a structure, but a creative business that would free him from the nine-to-five.Developing the skills he learned in university, Oladimeji taught
Mel’s freelance story began when she walked away from a job that she hated. She had a big network of contacts in her industry, and so she emailed them all to say she was going solo. She got a couple of jobs right away and built it up from there
June’s been freelance since 2008 when she left her full-time role in London in pursuit of creative freedom. Today, she’s on a mission to inject optimism into the world via her art and design work.With support from advisors and coaches, who’ve t
Charlie started taking photos when he was 8 years old, but it wasn't until he fell and broke his back in 2017 that his current freelance journey began.With no insurance and a long recovery ahead of him, Charlie was left with zero income. He cha
From designing for his buddies to speaking at events all over the world, Aaron’s been riding the freelance wave for more than two decades now, and it’s going well.With speaking gigs, his ‘Big Three’ retainers, a stream of other freelance work,
Salma made her first $3 online by selling a digital planner on Etsy. As she worked to grow that product-based business, Salma fell in love with design and began developing her skills. In time, she built a portfolio and a second, service-based b
When his wife became ill and his employer wouldn’t offer paid leave, Adrian gave up his job to care for her and their two young sons. And that’s where his freelance journey began.Now with more than a decade of experience behind him, Adrian know
Her background is in marketing and fundraising but Vic knows that she was born to be a radio superstar. She stopped working for “The Man” in 2017 after redundancy and a particularly bad interview left her ready to set out on her own.Today she’s
Hope woke up one day to realise that she hadn’t accomplished even half of the things she’d envisioned for her career. Motivated to recover from the low-grade depression she’d been in, she began making time for creativity again.Hope set out to f
In 1998 Andy gave up a comfortable position — “£35,000 a year to answer the phone about three times a week” — to start his own thing as a freelancer. It was the early days of the web and he didn’t have much of a plan, but he was keen and enthus
Karmen was selling hair extensions online when she first got into web design. After designing a site for her own business, she began building on her skills and eventually developed a portfolio of demo sites to show what she was capable of.With
Austin wants to be the dad who goes on all the field trips. The dad who’s around so much, the kids get sick of him. He’s been self-employed for 12 years now, from freelance to fledgling agency, and while it’s been a bumpy road, Austin says he’s
After spending seven years studying architecture, Sharm Murugiah realised he didn’t want to be an architect. He wanted to be an artist instead. And so, six months out of university, his freelance journey began.Since then, Murugiah’s worked with
Liz had been working as a newspaper journalist for two years when she began helping her husband set up his freelance photography business. With her own freelance journalism work on the side as well, it soon got too much and Liz left the newspap
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Alex studied film at university but soon found that the immediacy of photography suited her better. She worked part-time on the side for years while building up her skills and portfolio, often shooting for free or a small amount.These days, wit
Chiraag got his start in TV after handing out CVs around Soho in London. He landed an entry-level job as a runner and was soon promoted to assistant editor.Chiraag moved to an advertising agency later, where he stayed for more than five years b
Working in insurance and ready for a change, Shelly gave it all up after her fiancé encouraged her to find something she’d love doing.She began to pursue a career as an artist, slowly at first alongside a back-up study programme, just in case i
When Graeme made the decision to go freelance, he changed his mindset completely and started saving every spare penny he had. He stayed in a full-time job, freelancing on the side until he had enough in the bank to cover him for six months.It’s
For Tom, the guy behind the illustrations on the Great British Bake Off, freelance life was years in the making. After studying illustration at university, Tom worked in a series of full-time, temporary jobs while pursuing illustration on the s
Innocent began developing his graphic design skills when he was working in a printing press during high school. He’d watch and learn from a colleague and then practice with YouTube tutorials.Today Innocent’s studying full-time, in his third yea
Sharon has always known that she wanted to do her own thing. Her freelance journey began back in 2010 when she was in her mid-twenties, restless and ready for a change.After six years freelancing and with plenty of successes (and some failures)
For Jonathan, who was a software developer before he became a business coach, freelance life began after an epiphany. While working with a team as an employee, Jonathan realised that many of the problems they faced were caused by hourly billing
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