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How to be a freelance journalist: what I have learned and top tips from the experts

It’s been nearly a year since I took the big step to go freelance. And, though I probably shouldn’t admit this to the world and thus to any potential employers out there (hiyaz!), I’ve found the transition from being a staffer and section editor to being a self-employed journalist quite challenging. 

At times, I’m fancy free, skipping out to lunchtime meetings, wrapping myself up in a blanket in front of my laptop, and eating an entire pack of biscuits in fifteen minutes. At others, I’ve felt like a bunny bounding into a sea of piranhas, copy shredded to bits and my soft, furry self esteem ripped into one piece at a time. 

But don’t let that put you off. Mostly, freelancing is like a never-ending sandwich of awesome, filled with a variety of different people, publications and opportunities. The fact that it’s tough makes you – or should make you – hungrier. And if you’re lucky, and don’t use laboured metaphors like this, then you might get some extra hot sauce at the end of it. 

And so, to celebrate my first freelance birthday, I’ve written a(n exhaustive) guide to what you should know – and what I wish I’d known earlier – with a little help some freelance journalists who really know what they’re talking about.

Hopefully there’s something in here for everyone, from students to staffers, and from the more obvious points worth reiterating to the stuff that no one warns you about in journo school.

Something missing? Have more tips to contribute? Please do leave your comments below. I’ll most definitely be updating this as the year goes on.

Time Out Feature: Sword-fighting in London

Inspired by Game of Thrones, I tried out sword-fighting for Time Out’s weekly ‘Whatever Next?’ column. Read about my exploits over on the Time Out blog or below. This article originally appeared in Time Out London, Issue May 14-20 2013. ©David Tett Heavy metal: Kate Hutchinson tries her hand at longsword fighting As decreed by Time…

From the archive: Clubbing and the jpeg generation

I’m shifting all of my favouritist old Time Out columns onto here before they end up in the Internet cemetery. First up: this feature from 2007 on the new wave of clubbing photographers snapping the fashion kidz in east London. It originally appeared in Time Out London in March 2007. Read it after the jump.

Feature: The return of UK garage

The sound of early ’90s UKG is back on London’s dancefloors…

The distinctive battle cry of UK garage is unforgettable. But, says Kate Hutchinson, it’s more than just a distant dancefloor memory. Whether it’s futuristic sounds or old school anthems that you’ll hear in London’s clubs, garage is back for good.

Feature: En vogue again

A new Soul Jazz compilation and book uncovers the music and moves of New York’s ’80s house ballroom era, the underground nightlife scene immortalised by Madonna in her infamous single ‘Vogue’ this month. And, though it lives on in the Big Apple, you can find traces of this fascinating polysexual culture in London clubland too…

Andrew Weatherall: Ministry of Sound sleevenotes

In April, I had the pleasure of writing the sleevenotes for a compilation by one the country’s most respected DJ and producers, Andrew Weatherall. His contribution to the ‘Masterpieces’ series on Ministry of Sound is out in all good record shops now. You can read the sleevenotes in full after the jump. Hope you enjoy.