Freelancer Of The Year - Exhibitions Designer Rebecca Shipham

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 & 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

Creative Briefs

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