Being a ‘Reffer’ has its advantages

Being a freelance consultant in the digital market brings challenges. New tools, upcoming trends and changes in algorithms are just a few of the things that we as digital gurus continuously need to train. Not being educative for a month means throwing away your added value as a consultant. The last thing you want, is for the client to be better informed about digital novelties than you are. Awkward…
Besides gathering up-to-date knowledge, a freelancer must also be involved in sales, because… No customers, no income.

Consultancy for The Reference makes freelancing easier

Networking, prospecting or approaching strangers are not my strengths. It always gives me such a market vendor feeling.

“Come and see it, come and see it… Here's your new content marketer who knows how to tackle it and who likes to work on your digital presence.”

Uncomfortable, right? That entire sales process also prevented me from doing what I’m really good at, developing content marketing, storytelling and digital strategies.

That’s why I knocked at The Reference’s door, a well-known digital agency. Besides a team of ultra-nerds, possessed by code, there is also an extensive online marketing department. And even better… The Reference likes to work with vibrant freelance talent.

Last year I met the on-site team; awesome people taking good care of their Reffers. Never before have I been approached so personally.

  • “How's your pregnancy going Elke?”
  • “Were you well received by the customer?”
  • “Shall we grab some lunch together? It has been a long time since we have seen each other.”

And I haven’t even mentioned the projects. Birger, on-site superhero, knows how to choose them. He always finds a match between my capabilities and the expectations of the client. The workdays fly by. In short, I’m a happy camper.

The bar is set high

The selection process is not that easy. You have several interviews in order to test your skills and to figure out if the company is the right fit for you. The screening is thorough but that's understandable. As an On-site consultant for The Reference, you immediately receive a certain amount of trust from the client. That reputation cannot be damaged under any circumstances.

Feeling the pressure already? There’s no need to. If you survive the selection procedure, you have all the right to believe in yourself and your skills. 


5 reasons why you must become a ‘Reffer’

Doubting to start as a freelancer at The Reference? Why hesitate? Here’s everything what you can expect;

  • Peace of mind – someone is always busy to keep your schedule full.
  • Flexibility – do you want to work ⅘ or half time to cope with busy periods with the kids? Or does 9-to-5 not fit into your planning? No problem.
  • Fair and reliable payouts.
  • Togetherness – it can be lonely as a freelancer without colleagues, but as a consultant at The Reference, you are never alone. A brigade is there for you when you need it.
  • Further development – there are annual get-togethers to (re)meet each other and to follow a presentation on a particular topic that enriches/inspires us.



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