Moving to a new city is an unsettling time. It’s exciting too, but only knowing a handful of people and not yet being registered at a doctors is all very troublesome stuff. Pile on the fact you’re a freelancer and won’t be going out with ‘work friends’ anytime soon and you’re mounting on the worry.
You might have decided to freelance from a city because you fancy a change of scenery or you want more job opportunities. Or, maybe it’s just because that as a freelancer, you can! Whatever the reason you need ideas for meeting new people while staying on top of your workload and this is exactly what we’re here for.
Are You Abroad?
First things first, where are you moving? A couple of miles down the road, a new county or a whole new country? If you’re staying in the UK then all tax regulations will be the same so that’s one less thing to worry about. If you’re moving abroad, strap yourselves in.
Travelling as a freelancer is perfect – you get to work wherever you want! But it does have its drawbacks. If you want to work from another country you’ll have to check out their laws and regulations on working. If you’re within the 183 day rule don’t sweat it, but if you aren’t (or if you’re not sure) you can find more information on freelancing abroad here.
Find Your Bearings
Once you’ve figured out the difficult stuff the next priority is familiarising yourself with the city. Get to know where all the vital stuff is; doctors, hospital, hairdressers, best bars, good pizza places etc. Before you go don’t hesitate to check out the area online. Apps like Maps, Weather and TripAdvisor will teach you everything you need to know about where you’re moving to and what you’ll need to take.
Once you’ve arrived and gotten over the stress of moving, you can start exploring. Save yourself a couple of days for walking around and visiting attractions to reduce the likelihood of getting lost. You can also head to the tourist information office and get some tips from the staff.
Don’t forget to make an effort to leave your house! If you’re freelancing all day it can be tempting to just stay in save some money, considering you’ve been working in the house all day anyway. Book some classes or set yourself up a gym membership to get all the human interaction you’ll need!
No matter what your hobbies are, there are bound to be people who enjoy the same thing – which makes it the perfect opportunity to meet new people. You can use the internet to book yourself into classes and join Facebook groups before you head there and make sure it’s definitely for you.
Perfect Your Workplace
Many freelancers find working from home keeps them productive, but sometimes you need to try a different environment to get the creative juices flowing. If this is you, try and find something different from a coffee shop. They can be great, but spending a lot of time there is going to get you a massive bill.
Your local library is a great place to work if you feel like a bit of quiet time, but if you’re after somewhere with a chattier atmosphere why not check out a communal workspace? Shared workspaces are popping up everywhere at the minute, and are great for freelancers who want to network.
Find Your Clients
Reduce added stress to your big move by figuring out how you’re going to handle clients in advance. It might seem a bit drastic but if you’re planning on moving abroad you’ll have to figure out how they’re going to pay you, and if not it’s still a good idea to give your clients a heads up before you make the big change.
Even if you’re taking your old clients with you to your new city, there’s no harm in finding more. Get on your favourite freelancer job finding websites and see if any local clients need work. This way you’ll reduce travel costs and be able to meet up with clients with no trouble – which they’ll appreciate more than you will expect!
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