Working freelance is one of the great advantages of corporate aviation.
The biggest advantage of being a freelance VIP flight attendant is having the freedom of choice when it comes to flight duties, time away and the amount of time you have off. You can pretty much work when you want without being tied to an aircraft or roster.
“Experienced crew who are working on their own on a small aircrafts will often be paid a higher rate. Rates vary from £150-£400 per day”
Your daily rate will depend on your experience and the number and types of aircraft you have experience flying on. The more experienced crew, who are working on their own, on a small aircraft, will often be paid a higher rate. Rates vary from £150-£400 per day plus your hotel and work-related expenses, such as transport and dry-claening etc.
No two days are the same.
No two days are alike in private aviation and even more so when freelancing, as you are working with different crew and flying different passengers on a variety of aircrafts. Some owners prefer to hire freelance crew when they do longer trips and the rest of the time they won't have a flight attendant on board, but this very much depends on the owners and their individual preferences.
It is important manage your money.
On the downside, freelance assignments are not stable and it can be difficult to predict a monthly income, jobs can be few and far between and one month can be better than the next. Often freelance crew have an additional income which helps during quiet periods, or they make sure to save up income during the better months, to compensate for the quiter months. However, once you get establihed in the industry, you will mostlikely be able to earn a more stable income as the same operators and owners will use you regularly. Remember as a freelancer you're responsible for your own taxes and insurance. It is important to speak to an accountant or finacial adviser which will be able to offer you everything you need to know. However, HMRC in the UK will also have a lot of useful information. If you're based in another counrty check with your with local tax authorities. Don't let this scare you off freelancing, it is actually very simple, and it has many benefits. It is, however, important to understand the difference between working for yourself (Freelancing) and being in employment.
Freelancing is certainly challenging but also rewarding, but you will need to be organised and flexible.
When it comes to finding freelance opportunities it is all about networking, it is important to register with private jet operators and recruitment agencies and ask for your CV to be held on their database. At Elite Crew Ltd we strive to help our students get a foot in the door with some of our many contacts. The corporate aviation world is very small, so word gets around and you can easily build yourself a good and strong reputation amongst operators and owners. Freelancing is certainly challenging but also rewarding, but you will need to be organised and flexible. Elite Crew Ltd will be offering seminars to meet people in the industry. Let us know that you're interested.