Speaking about freelance remote work at Creatives’ Club #18

I’ll be speaking at The Big House’s Creatives’ Club #18 on the 22nd January, with fellow digital nomad Kerry Needs. We’ll be talking about how we ran our freelance businesses from various places around the world – including why we decided to work remotely, pros and cons of the lifestyle and how to make it work practically.

More details and tickets at https://bighouse.org.uk/events/22/01/2019/creatives-club-018


A space to connect, network, forge relationships, hatch plans, collaborate, skill share, be curious, ask questions and discuss all things entrepreneurship, business and beyond.


To welcome in the New Year & our first Creatives’ Club of 2019, we are looking at the topic of “Running a Location Independent Business” with Kerry Needs, author of Freedom Seekers & Nick Hayward, from Freelance Freedom.

Recent studies have suggested that 80% of millennials would like to work remotely and lots of coworking and coliving spots around the world show that the ‘digital nomad’ trend is here to stay.

Together, Kerry & Nick will discsuss the future of work, working whilst travelling the world, freelancing and remote working, and designing your work around the life you’d ideally want to live.

They have taken their businesses around the world, living and working from places such as Thailand, Gran Canaria, Bali and Lisbon. They have worked in lots of coworking spots and stayed in coliving accommodation and are both passionate about communicating this new way of living and working.

Choosing freelance projects and clients

Choosing the projects you take on and the types of clients you work for are both important in building your freelancer business.

Choosing Freelance Projects

It’s tempting to just take on every project that comes your way, especially when starting out. This can lead to problems though if you take on low paid, difficult projects that stop you working on more attractive projects. A common mindset is that clients are doing you a favour, but the project needs to be attractive for both parties. You don’t have to take on everything and can (and should) choose what you want to work on.

For example, I choose not to work with anyone offering ‘alternative’ therapies, pyramid schemes, religious organisations or politically oriented projects. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with these clients or projects, but I choose to not take them on as I don’t enjoy working with clients in these markets.

The ‘opportunity cost’ of being tied up with a troublesome project or one that you are not fully engaged with can cost you time, money and peace of mind. It’s also not fair on your client if you’re not giving 100%.

As we’ll come back to in another blog post, your energy and motivation are important resources and unsuitable projects or clients can drain both.

Choosing Your Target Clients

As a freelancer, you won’t be able to serve all types of clients effectively. You are better specialising in one particular market or type of client.

Doing so will give you more specialised knowledge which will help you gain new clients of this type or in this market as you understand their jargon and they will see that you’ve worked for similar businesses.

It’s also easier to optimise your marketing for a more niche phrase related to a type of client or a particular market rather than ‘web design’ in general.

You are also likely to be spending a lot of time working on a project, so feel free to decline things that will be hard to get excited or motivated about. If you love dogs then working on dog websites/marketing/design will be great fun, not so much if you hate them with a passion.


It’s your business and your life, so choose what you offer and who your target clients are to get better outcomes for you and your clients.