Category: Agency Life

How to freelance on the side

Make it work for you and avoid burnout

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make money on the side of a full-time job, don’t freelance. It can be incredibly rewarding and valuable for a number of reasons, but it does come with just as many challenges.

This is what I’ve found from six years of freelancing alongside busy and hectic agency jobs, with a few stop-starts and lessons along the way.

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It is a small world, after all

How it’s more like two degrees of separation at agencies

There are so many clich├ęs in the agency world that it would be easy to fill a dictionary. Some are hard to avoid, most need to be banned. One that you won’t hear very often though is “it’s a small world” as this industry is in fact tiny.

I probably need to file this under “unconventional advice”, but for me, it doesn’t take away its importance for anyone starting out or working at an agency to know.

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What even is “agency experience”?

And what we’re really asking for…

One of the most interesting things about working at an agency is the different people and how varied their backgrounds are. There seems to be hundreds of paths that have led people to agency roles, but how is that possible when most require “agency experience” as a minimum?

These are my thoughts from the last eight years about what this really means and things that I’d tell anyone to consider if they are hoping or planning to work at an agency in the future.

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