Monday, 30 March 2020

How To Support Freelancers Right Now

I am one of the lucky few who worked from home even before the current lockdown and so, though I have lost a small part of my wage, overall I am in a good financial position. However, a lot of my friends are freelancers or self employed, and so I've been reaching out to them to see how we can help so I can compile a list and as many of us as possible can help as many of them as possible.

1: Share as many of their posts as possible
Now more than ever our freelance friends are sharing their work and skills on a lot of social platforms, I know it's likely not possible to share them all, but share as many as you can as you see them. You never know if one of your followers might be able to provide a little work for your friends or family, and so it's always worth the three seconds it takes to retweet.

2: Consider paying freelancers that you would regularly pay
Pay to have your hair and nails done every few weeks? Now is the time to consider paying your freelancers even if you can't be there to have the treatments done, if you can afford to. I know many people are facing financial troubles now and it's not always as easily said as done, but if you are in the financial position to, and you'd usually give the money to them anyway, consider doing it now so they'll still be there in the job they love - and ready to do your gels or roots - when all of this starts to calm down a little. Even if you can't afford the full amount, a little donation goes a long way to help people during this time.

instagram header of @rebxrat
@rebxtat - a fantastic tattoo artist and great human based in Liverpool

3: If people offer gift vouchers, buy gift vouchers
Probably going to want a tattoo in the future but can't get it now? Buy a gift voucher. Hairdresser offer gift vouchers and you're going to need your ends trimmed at the end of all of this? Buy a voucher. Where possible, if a service that you're going to use in the future offers a voucher and you can afford to do so, buy it. It's win win, you help to keep a freelancer a little further above water, and you get a little treat for yourself on the other side of this (and you deserve that).

4: Pay your fucking freelancers
We get it, times are hard right now, but pay for work that's been done. There's absolutely no excuse for it, if you had the budget and they did the work under that agreement, you owe them the money.

Twitter header of @katygilroyblog
@katygilroyblog - A content writer and social media specialist based on The Wirral

5: Need something doing and can afford a freelancer to do it?
Get them on board! Need a new blog template and got some cash spare? Need something writing?Hire a freelancer. Obviously don't go beyond your means or get pointless jobs done, but if you've been putting off a job for ages and you can afford it now? Now's the time to get them in to help. They'll appreciate the work, and you'll get that niggly job you've been putting off done!

6: Consider giving work to freelancers with no other income
I am really lucky to still have consistent work during these weird times, and yet weirdly I still get a few stray offers of paid posts etc. Where I can, I've been trying to recommend other freelancers who I know don't have this work coming in, and no steady income. I know we could all use the extra money, but I don't need it nearly as much as other people, and so definitely throw someone a bone if you're in a position to do so.

Instagram header of @benjofbagend
@benjofbagend - A brilliant photographer and filmmaker based in Liverpool

Like I said, it really all depends on your position, times are difficult for everyone, but we rely on freelancers more than we know and so if you can afford to help a freelancer? Now's the time.

Sammy xo.

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