You might not know it but the number of staffing firms representing freelancers in the corporate environment has increased over the past few years, keeping up with the freelance demand and supply in the workplace. Gone are the days when staffing firms were only for permanent or full-time employment. Many staffing firms today, especially freelance staffing firms, are focused on solely project-based, temporary, seasonal and part-time employment opportunities. For freelancers, it not only opens up the avenues for applying for freelance positions but also puts you in the playing field with an agency representing you and promoting your skills actively to their audience. Sometimes this audience does happen to be large clients that a single freelancer might never have been able to approach. So while you might have other channels you actively pursue to attract freelance gigs, do not write off staffing firms, especially those representing the creative fields. A simple search for creative staffing firms or agencies in your area should pull up a few viable results. Reach out with an introduction or complete their talent forms on their websites and rest assured, if what you have to offer meets with some of their client needs, they will get in touch. Some of my best work, by which I mean, both, well-paying jobs as well as challenging roles and those with brands and big name clients, have been because of my agent at a creative firm representing me on the right roles. Some of these staffing firms also offer national presence so no matter where you move to in the country, and if you are lucky, even internationally, they are happy to represent you and send work your way. Of course, the personal rapport you share with your agent also weighs in. Refusing every opportunity they send your way is a surefire sign they won't be thinking of you top of mind when a new client comes through. Be open to exploring opportunities your agent thinks might be a good fit - you never know, you could end up enjoying something you had never considered before! Here are some based in L.A for easy reference:
The Creative Group
(These are not affiliate links and I don't get anything out of mentioning these companies, they came up on my search and I figured it wouldn't hurt to share this information with other freelancers)
an idea, that is. Yeah, apparently I have ideas. Good ones, that too. But for some reason I been storing them in the back of my head like a dumbass and not working on them. Then they moved to the front of my head - I guess the stars aligned or something. And it hit me - what on earth was I doing!! Right under my nose, this fantastic idea, and it comes to me now?? And then that completely, totally, absolutely derailed all my work for the next few hours because you know, now I am truly, madly, deeply in love with this idea and have to work on it before, God forbid, it retreats back to the back of my head and I forget all about it all over again. So lesson learned - when the stars align or something your grand ideas will surface and you work on them then...or remember them and act on them now. Ok, back to worker bee mode. So I can soon promote myself to queen bee status.
mainly because I did something very stupid. I let my old laptop die out on me. Well, it wasn't all the laptop's fault. I was to blame too. I saw its performance fade over time but told myself it was okay. I had this small EEE PC for five years and while I had not intended on it becoming my primary companion in my journey as a freelance writer, it eventually did become just that and I just continued to work on it for as long as it would humor me. Well, I guess I stretched it a bit too far on that much goodwill. So I came back the week before from a long ten-day trip to the west coast hoping I would just get cracking on the to-do list like nothing ever happened but laptop decided it was not going to be my partner in crime this time around. The minute I had more than two tabs open, it would hang. This, from a laptop that used to have two or more windows of ten tabs plus active all the time - I multitask in a big way. And much as I had the impression I had backed up all my data, clearly I hadn't and needed to race against time to salvage everything I could from the old guy before he breathed his last! Now, new laptop in tow, I am backing up everywhere - Time Machine, external drive, cloud, wherever! Did not realize how much my life was intertwined with a screen and keyboard until this almost-catastrophe almost struck. For a full-time freelancer like me, technology needs to really work to make it happen. Synced all my gadgets now and everything works in perfect harmony. Today was a good work day too so all in all, a productive Monday. Phew.
Depending on your client and project, it might actually make sense sometimes to not be involved in a certain assignment. Not every single offer that comes your way is necessarily the best. Almost always your gut is giving you the right signals. But listening to it is usually not what we do now, do we? I just got off a hell of a project today and boy was it a whirlwind! I am actually relieved to not be working on it any more even though it means a setback to my earnings. From the start I felt like I was bending backward with the hope that this could work into something pretty big, and the more I got swallowed into it. But the quality of copy to start with was quite horrendous, and then the quality of work expected from it was simply unacceptable. After trying very hard to keep it going, it ultimately boiled down to the quality of life I want being a freelance business owner and if this job fit that picture. Clearly not and so it was farewell. Have you had a similar situation cross your path?