Being Freelance
Freelancer Of The Year - Exhbitions Designer Rebecca Shipham
Oct 12, 2015 · 30 min
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5 years after redundancy abruptly introduced her to self employment, exhibitions designer Rebecca Shipham was named IPSE Freelancer Of The Year.

Ahead of National Freelance Day 2015, a year on from her coronation, we hear how she succeeds in her niche, deals with isolation, finds confidence in trading as company Ships and Pigs, how she gives back to the next generation of creatives and just about finds time for a holiday.

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Here’s some of the key takeaway points:

  • there’s always going to be people out there who are better than you,
    just accept it and do the best that you can

  • stay on top of the latest technology, always keep learning

  • trading under a business name (instead of her own) made her feel like a business, treating it like a business, promoting like a business

  • she copes with the isolation of working alone by using twitter to form a network of freelancers to chat to both creatively and for company

  • submitting an entry for an award, makes you take stock of what you’ve
    done and celebrate your achievements

  • winning gave Rebecca a boost in confidence that’s improved her work

  • stick to what you’re good at - don’t do everything, find your niche,
    your expertise - “Find what you’re good at and do that, don’t try and
    do more”

More from Rebecca

Rebecca's site: Ships and Pigs

Rebecca on Twitter

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