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Why all freelancers need to actually stop working for Christmas this year

This Christmas will be different to ones we’ve experienced in previous years. It’s almost certain there’ll be no Christmas parties with your ...

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Why you never need to be online 24/7 to succeed as a freelancer

Staying open all hours feels mandatory when there’s no fixed salary to full back on. But it’s an unrealistic and self-harming expectation. If you f...

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The Rise of Online Webinars

A week into lockdown, I breathed a sigh of relief as I confirmed that my largest contract would continue. And then two days later, the client reneg...

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Baby Boomer Freelancer

In recent years, the ‘typical’ contemporary freelancer has come to be seen as a young urbanite, hustling from job to job from the confines of a hot...

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The UP & HO, HO, HO Xmas Stocking Grant is saving Christmas, for real

Christmas is meant to be an event unlike any other, a period when work is put to one side and we are asked to slow down and consider the important ...

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Drawing the line on the extra mile

Ironically, the day after I was asked to write this article, a fairly new client messaged me at 6 PM on a Friday to ask if I’d be able to write 700...

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What podcasting taught us about freelancing

Our podcast Freelancing for Journalists came to fruition as a result of spending more than two years writing a book of the same name. As we submitt...

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A guide to negotiating without fear

One of the biggest problems we encounter as freelancers is asking for decent money. Particularly in the early stage of our career, it’s common for ...

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Expand your network in depth, not width

Seven months into the arrival of Covid-19 and it is still increasingly easy to focus on the negatives; raising infection rates, falling budgets, li...

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The Art of The Follow Up, or how to send that second email

When I first met my partner two and a half years ago, our first date was essentially the result of a follow-up message. Drunkenly DMing someone to ...

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What do clients expect from a design portfolio?

A good design portfolio is about a lot more than pretty pictures. You also need to build trust with the potential client and demonstrate the commer...

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Is it time for freelancers to give up on city living?

When we were forced to stay indoors for much of the spring, it quickly became apparent just how important home really is. For those with large gard...

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How to ace an interview over Zoom

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for ten months, (you lucky devil), you’ll have noticed that 2020 has brought some serious change. Video call...

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Cover letters: Should freelancers have to write them?

As freelancers there are many things we can say ‘goodbye’ to when we choose not to live in the ‘real work world’. Rude or controlling bosses, askin...

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Universities are failing to close the skills gap, especially when it comes to freelancing

Getting started as a freelancer isn’t easy. Self-employment requires getting to grips with a range of practical knowledge and skills that employed ...

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A guide to dealing with tax as a part-time freelancer

Freelancing, or running a small business, requires constant navigation. Completing your own tax is probably not at the top of the list of reasons w...

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How can freelancers generate leads to find work?

One of the biggest challenges of being a freelancer is finding clients. That’s particularly true in the early stages of your career. So how do you ...

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How to work succesfully with a freelance friend

While mixing work and pleasure is often framed as a recipe for disaster, for some freelancers it’s key to professional success and one of the great...

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Is blogging still relevant for freelancers?

Everything moves faster online. In a world where social media trends change faster than you can say “What’s a Tik Tok?” you’d be forgiven for think...

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Freelancing’s future in the office

Since the start of the pandemic, two questions have crossed most people’s minds; ‘When will we be able to go back to normal?’ and ‘What will happen...

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