Find Freelance Work & Develop Your Networks in Yorkshire

January 30, 2019 8:04 am | Published by | Leave your thoughts


Freelancers seem to have a range of pretty incredible qualities!  Working for yourself is not easy! It requires practicality,  determination, consistency and patience. 

I’ve created this guide in the hope I can help you a teeny, tiny bit!


7 People who help Yorkshire-based Freelancers find Work

There are no two ways about it, it’s difficult to pursue accomplishment and fulfilment in any aspects of our lives if we can’t pay the rent!  The folk below have made it their business to help freelancers find work.


1. Leeds.Tech (Freelance and permanent tech roles in the Leeds City Region)

2. Sheffield.Digital ( Freelance and permanent digital roles in the Sheffield City Region)

3. Adzunda ( A fairly comprehensive job search engine, with a pretty good filter feature)

4. Craft Agency (A Leeds based agency, listing creative, digital and marketing freelance and permanent roles)

5. Creative Allies ( A new Northern creative, freelance network, register for more details)

6. The Book Recruitment ( A Leeds based agency, recruiting creative and tech freelance and permanent roles)

7. Everyday People ( A Yorkshire dedicated platform to find freelance work)



Workspaces you can try for Free

Working from home can be lonely at times and you need ninja-like skills to stay focused. Fortunately, Yorkshire is blessed with a range of workspaces to suit most budgets and individual needs. I’m continuing to add as many as I can to Yorkshire Business Champions, a directory of small business support.  Below, I’ve listed those that I know have weekly dedicated, free co-working days or welcome freelancers in for the day, so you can get a feel for the place.


Try hot-desking free for a week. Email Rick for more details.

Assembly, Bradford

Try a day for free and free coworking on the last Friday of the month. Email David to find out more.

Avenue HQ, Leeds

Pick up a free trial day pass from the reception (limited to one per person)

Castleton Mill, Leeds

Try for free. Email Simona for more details

Desk.Space, Sheffield

Spend a day at Desk.Space for free. Email Neil to arrange.

Duke Studios, Leeds

A multi-functional space for people working in creative sectors. Email Amy for a tour of the facilities and a free trial.
Heart, Leeds

Heart, Leeds

Try the workspace free for a day. Email Anne for more information.

Helm, Doncaster

Free co-working every Friday 12 – 5. Simply turn up, or email Liam for more details.

Indieworx Collective, Harrogate

Try a day for free. Email Jem to find out more.

Tribe, York

One day free pass when mentioning me (Sam Agnew). Email Joe to arrange.

University Business Centre, Wakefield

Three-day free co-working trial and 6 months free hot-desking for any businesses registered with the AdVenture programmeEmail Fran for more details.


Places to Meet People who Do what you Do

To quote the theme tune to 80’s sitcom, Cheers  “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same.”

You’ll probably teach and learn something too!


The Design Meet-up, Hull

WordPress Leeds, a digital publishing meet-up

SEO York, SEO and Digital Marketing industry meet-up

Leeds Develops, a technology meet-up in Leeds about DevOps

Sheffield JS, connecting JavaScript Developers

WordPress Sheffield,  a meet-up for developers, designers and bloggers

dotnetsheff, .NET user group.

Coffee and Code, Leeds and York,  an informal get together to write code

Leeds PHP, a monthly PHP related meet-up

Sheffield Ruby, a Ruby user group that meets monthly

CodePen, Hull


Thank you for reading, I hope you found it helpful. Like everything it’s work in progress, please do get in touch if I’ve missed something useful off the list.


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