The #FeeNotFree Team
Chris Williams, Board Member
Chris is the CEO of Network Freelance, a community for freelancers, created by freelancers. Chris has a huge passion for the freelancing industry, and with Network Freelance being a 'pro freelance' community, it only seemed right for him to head up the #FeeNotFree campaign. Chris works on multiple projects including Network Freelance, NSU Tools and Fee Not Free, all campaigns geared towards start-ups and freelancers. Chris is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the UK Freelancing market.
Hayley is a Social Media Manager and has been working as a freelancer for over three years. With extensive experience in the staffing industry, Hayley has not only come across clients who are not willing to pay herself, but also meets a lot of job seekers and freelancers who are unable to find paid opportunities. We are excited to have Hayley on board, as she will be taking an active presence on our social channels and engaging with you all!
Paul, winner of IPSE's Freelancer of The Year 2015 Award is a board member that brings expertise, knowledge and passion to the #FeeNotFree Campaign. Paul has been freelancing since 2004 and is a software developer/architect who also consider himself to be a problem solver, rapid prototyper, as well as an expert in existing apps and software as a service development. Paul is working on some extremely groundbreaking developments for the freelancing industry, which we're also looking forwards to introducing.
We're very lucky to have Kelly on board the #FeeNotFree campaign, as she was announced IPSE Freelancer of the year 2015 (alongside Paul Allington). Following university, Kelly saw the demand for her copywriting rise rapidly, and therefore decided to go 'freelance', enabling her to work flexibly. Since then, Kelly has grown her freelance venture into a thriving business and we're extremely excited to see the content that she's able to come up with for the campaign.
Hayley Jenkins, Board Member
Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, Board
Paul Allington, Board Member
Freelancing can be the best job in the world. But, if you have the misfortune of landing a bad client, it can also be the worst.
Breaking into the freelance industry is notoriously difficult. Even after years of self-employment, there are constantly new challenges and learning curves. This is partly what makes this career path so exciting, but it can also leave us feeling short-changed.
Our campaign aims to put an end to free or low paid work, to prevent the exploitation of freelancers that is all too common in every sector. By learning your worth and gaining the respect of your clients, you can realise the true meaning of freelancing – freedom, not free work.
Know your worth
Of course, there are times when free work is acceptable. Completing pro bono work for a friend, a trial piece for a new client, or even charitable work for a non-for-profit organisation are all examples where working for no money is fine.
What isn’t acceptable is allowing clients to haggle your prices below market value, renege on your initial agreements, or fail to pay you at all. It’s important to realise that this is nothing short of exploitation. Sitting back and accepting this treatment in turn undervalues the work of other freelancers.
Strength in numbers
It’s easy to feel alone or outnumbered, especially when you’re working with big brands or intimidating clients. However, with 1.4 million freelancers in the UK, you would be surprised to learn how many other freelancers are in the same boat.
Over the course of the campaign, we will be highlighting some of the common problems freelancers encounter, how they deal with them, and how to break into the industry without working for free.
To learn about some of the issues freelancers face, read our case studies here.
Want to make your voice heard? Use the hashtag #FeeNotFree to join the campaign on social media, or contact us here to get involved.