Once you’re a qualified Assessor, there are many routes you can choose to go down for your Assessing career. You could choose to work Full or Part-Time, for example, for a Training Provider, or you could work for multiple Training Providers as a Freelance Assessor.
Google’s definition of freelance is the simplest way to describe it: ‘self-employed and hired to work for different companies on particular assignments.’
Life As A Freelance Assessor
As a freelance assessor, you can be working for multiple companies at the same time, so organisation is key. You need to decide what capacity caseload you would like. If you choose to go down this route and work for different companies, you will need to manage your own time and working hours. Whilst some companies may ask you to set certain hours with them on a freelance basis, others may allow you to manage your own time and diary.
You can be paid per hour, per learner, per visit, or per assignment marked. This is agreed when you accept a position as a freelancer. To find these positions, your best place to look will be job sites such as Indeed, but LinkedIn has also proved popular with Freelance Assessors.
Some freelancer positions are short-term, with the employer asking you to fill in for caseloads which are out of funding, or even staff that are going on Maternity Leave. However, others can be long-term. Some companies prefer to use freelancers so that their rate of pay reflects the caseload they are working with and changes as they fluctuate.
An important thing to remember is that as a freelancer, you will need to complete invoices and a self-assessment for your own Tax and National Insurance!
Day In The Life
We got in touch with one of our past learners to see what an average day as a Freelance Assessor is like for them. Here’s what they said:
My hours are flexible and work well around my young children. I tend to do three long days so I can be at home for four, which works well in Health and Social care as I can request night staff – which a lot of people prefer not to do.
I could work for different companies on the same day, although I prefer to keep the same company on the same day to minimise the paperwork I need to take out with me. This is because different organisations use different paperwork and systems, such as e-portfolios or paper-based portfolios. I always try to allocate a particular day for a company so my IQA or manager knows I am available that day if they need to contact me.
The hardest bit for me is my invoicing and evidencing visits when working for multiple companies.
Interested in becoming a Freelance Assessor? Get started with the CAVA course!