Wired Sussex Blog

Being a Successful Freelancer with Rifa Thorpe-Tracey

To celebrate Nationals Freelancers Day, yesterday we ran a #WiredBrekkie on ‘Being a Successful Freelancer’ where the wonderful Rifa Thorpe-Tracey gave a talk on the subject. Kicking off the event, Rifa shared her journey, experience and advice as a freelancer. And to frame the discussion, she asked: Why are you freelancing? Is it because of freedom, more time for yourself, more money, or because you don’t want to work in an office anymore? Rifa worked with some of the most creative web agencies in London in the late 90s, early 2000s. After managing a team of 20 writers, developers and …

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How to be a Successful Freelancer #WiredBrekkie

On the 10th November, we ran a Wired Sussex Breakfast Workshop on being a successful freelancer. We invited Richard Nash, Charlotte Ricca-Smith and Jim Callender to talk about their freelancer journey. Charlotte has kindly accepted to put her thoughts to paper. Here is her story of how she reconverted from freelance Journalist to Content Producer:  I was recently asked to speak at Wired Sussex breakfast session on ‘How to be a successful freelancer’. The invite couldn’t have come at a better time, as after 15 years or so as a freelance journalist I have had to rethink my job in order to …

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The Skiff Coworking: The Journey So Far…

Wired Sussex is very proud to continue to support the Skiff coworking space as it moves to its new bigger, brighter home at 30 Cheapside in Brighton. The Skiff started in 2008 in a small basement in Brighton’s North Laine with space for a couple of dozen. It then moved to space for 80, then 150 and now its new home has capacity for around 240. It’s managed and owned by ourselves and Indua Community. That original small basement was Inuda’s idea. And we thought it was a really good one, which is why we have grown it together with …

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#WiredBrekkie Guest Blog: Freelance Like a Super Hero and Get Super Clients

As part of the Wired Sussex Breakfast Workshop sessions, we invited Kati Byrne and Simon Heard, into The FuseBox on Thursday 1st September to share their expertise on being a successful freelancer.  Wired Sussex Breakfast Workshops are fortnightly events taking place on Thursdays from 9.00am – 11.00am at The FuseBox.  These events are designed to be very practical and to give you access to expertise and knowledge that will help you and your business. The next sessions will be on winning tech and digital work from the public sector (15 Sept) and cash flow & finance strategies (29th Sept).  For now though, …

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Successful Freelancing Tips

Last week we held a Breakfast Session on ‘Being a Successful Freelancer’  and invited a panel of experts- Elliot Taylor (Raison), Izzy Crouch (IZC Marketing) Gareth Williams (LoneWolfWilliams) and Paul Silver (Silver Web Services Ltd) – to share their knowledge about freelancing and answer questions. Spaces for the event were in high demand so, in case you missed out, we want to share as much of the conversation as possible. Below are the key points from the session: Business development Find your niche.  Don’t spread yourself too thinly – identify your specialism and most importantly do what you enjoy. Company name/trading …

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The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions

            Inspiration, knowledge and guidance to kick start your day. Over the past few weeks we have been busy developing a new series of fortnightly events ‘The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions’; held exclusively for Wired Sussex members, based on peer discussion and practical advice to support your business needs. At each event we will be joined by colleagues from the digital community offering knowledge, sharing best practice and guidance in key areas of business development, including: how to attract investment, succeeding as a freelancer, building a strong & sustainable brand, trading overseas, recruiting the best …

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Capitalizing On Creativity: Brighton Fuse Two Years On

Two years ago the Brighton Fuse Research Project showed hard evidence of the vitality and growth of the Brighton Creative-Digital-IT cluster of firms. Referred to by government ministers and used to develop new investments like the £170m City Deal and the Digital Catapult Centre, the research raised the profile of the cluster and the role of creative-technical ‘fusion’ as well as identifying barriers to further growth. This event presents interesting new research results from a follow-up survey answering questions like: • Have businesses continued to grow, or have they declined? • Has the skills gap problem got worse, or better? • Even if businesses …

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How to be a Successful Freelancer

On Thursday 28th May we held our first freelancer workshop of 2015, led by a fantastic panel and attended by 22 freelancers working across Sussex (plus a further 350 people tuning in via Periscope). Our freelancer panel for this workshop was made up of: Dan Young – Director and Customer Insight Consultant, Shed Research Consulting Kate Saker, Freelance Creative Richard Nash A.K.A Mr. Biscuit, Freelance Illustrator As spaces for this event were in high demand, we wanted to share as much of the conversation as possible. Below are 27 key points of conversation from the session covering areas ranging from …

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Are you a freelancer?

If so, here’s how joining Wired Sussex can help you develop your business. With an expanding membership base of 448 freelancers (not including the many ‘freelancers with a brand’ who’re registered as companies) I thought it would be worthwhile to run through the specific benefits of Wired Sussex membership that can help you to grow and develop your business.   Projects Board: A significant benefit of joining Wired Sussex is getting to hear about the latest fixed-term and project work opportunities by accessing our exclusive projects board. Anyone – from local boutiques to multinational agencies – can post project details on …

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The Joys of Networking

There’s a great deal of networking events out there for the Creative, Digital, Media & Tech sectors; from those targeted to people with a certain area of expertise, to general freelancer meetups and of course, our own Wired Sussex Members Meetups.  But what does it take to be good at networking and why do we attend networking events in the first place? Traditionally, networking has somewhat a stigma for being the way to find new business leads by handing out as many business cards as possible. Today though, the face of networking has changed.  Particularly perhaps, in our industry.  Networking events are …

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