Exciting news, guys! I've been selected as one of the finalists in the 15 for 15 award for self-employed businesses.
I wrote from the heart about the dizzying heights and the real struggles of working as a lone-wolf freelance illustrator, and I'm absolutely chuffed to have been chosen.
I find that often freelancers and self-employed people are overlooked in business. I know that I personally have struggled with getting support as I was starting out, and I have written many (ignored) letters to my local council about the benefits of supporting freelancers alongside the multitude of '3 employees +' grants and guidance programs they offer.
Freelancers, in the creative sectors and further afield, are important - we're those people who know it will be hard, but are passionate enough to follow our dreams. I'm so impressed that the 15 for 15 award (supported by ipse) is recognising that, and I'm so humbled to have been chosen to represent one of the 15 'brightest and best self-employed people' working in the UK now.
Here's a quick statement from the 15 for 15 team, and their ethos behind the awards-
'Enterprising individuals right across Britain are starting brand new businesses every day.