Meet Claire Guy, hairstylist and makeup artist (bridal specialist). For her freelance is about flexibility and control.

“I chose to go freelance when my three children were young and I needed to work around my husband’s shifts.

“I love that I can set my own hours around family commitments, school pick up times and football practice – with three sons this is most days! I do often look a few months in advance in my diary though to find I have forgotten to book myself a day off!

“I worked for a corporate company before I began my hairdressing career and while I thought I loved it, I love being in charge of my own workload more. Yes, it can be hard work, but it is also the most rewarding job.”

When we asked Claire for her three hints/tips/suggestions to help others kick-start a successful freelance career she said:

“Never stop learning. When you are freelance the onus is on you to stay at the top of your game. Courses are an investment. I also say you should research – find out what other people are offering in your area, what will make you stand out? Don’t price yourself low, you need to make a living. Your clients are paying for your knowledge, experience, products and convenience.

“Lastly tip is social media – this is a fantastic free tool and a great way of showcasing your work. Ask your clients to leave reviews. Instagram is huge right now, every hairdresser I believe should have an account – it’s easy and it’s free. Make great use of hashtags.”