Freelancing for Parents
A new website in Kent is aiming to connect parents who are taking a career break to look after children with companies who need high-level professionals to plug gaps in their businesses.
The website is the brainchild of Rosalind Kent, an ex-lawyer who has been working as a freelance writer and full-time parent for the past five years. She saw a niche in the market for a website like this in her home county and, like many an entrepreneur before her, has now launched her idea.
Although it’s based in Tonbridge Wells, because there are many jobs that can be done remotely, it isn’t necessary to live locally. However, there are also opportunities to work in the offices of the hiring companies when required. Freelance Parents Network isn’t an employment agency – more a connection point for those who want to keep their hand in as freelancers and those who need them.
As Rosalind says in her press release: “Why take on the costs of hiring a new member of staff when a freelancer could be employed to work on your project? Ideal for either one-off, short-term tasks or for longer-term jobs, find a freelancer who can fit in with your requirements.”
There is no cost to either the freelancer registering or the hiring company. What she asks is that the business submit details of the job to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will detribute it to their database of freelancers. Likewise, freelancers can register for free and then get regular emails with jobs and projects in their area. If you take one of the jobs, however, upon completion the fee goes through the Freelance Parents Network, who take a 10% cut for their trouble.
To find out more, or to register, visit freelanceparentsnetwork.com
By Liz Granirer