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Portfolio procrastination and how to tackle it 

Portfolios! Who’d have them? I mean, probably all of us, really – if there was a way we could command Alexa or Siri to “build me a portfolio ...

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Stagnating freelance wages mean you need to start saving!

Start saving: UK freelancer earnings stagnate in second-quarter – survey Earnings of highly skilled freelancers in Britain stagnated in the second ...

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The benefits of creative freelancers: corporate gigs vs independent work

Seven years ago, former freelancer and content marketer Deanna Cioppa “definitely resisted” corporate work.  “I didn’t complete a Master̵...

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Prized Culture

Inking in his 1987 LRB diary, the novelist Julian Barnes mused that, “the only sensible attitude to the Booker is to treat it as posh bingo.” Darti...

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How to be a performer: Tips from a drag artist

So. You want a be a drag queen? Well. There are some things you’ll need to learn first… First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Andrew Bu...

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Juggling being both freelance and a full time employee

Through choice or necessity, many creatives juggle a full-time job with freelancing. Tina Nielsen hears from seasoned freelancers on how to make it...

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Word Games

In theory, I’m a keen sportsman. In theory, I’m a ripped athlete. In practice, I don’t possess an ounce of the vein-popping competitiveness require...

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Dealing with a Confidence Crisis as a Freelance Journalist

When I worked in a full-time job, I knew exactly what I should be doing. I trusted my gut on what stories to cover and who to interview. I worked w...

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The Self-Employed Owe £1.6b in Tax to HMRC, and other stories

Self-employed owe £1.6bn in late tax The taxman is owed £1.6bn from self-assessment taxpayers who are late making payments so far in the 2017/18 ta...

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Making Money From Memes

The internet has rewired the way we engage with ourselves and others. Granted, it’s not a glitteringly original statement, but just a fundamental f...

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An Education

September is the month of reinvention, new chapters and open doors. Historically, the Romans believed that the month was overseen by their god of f...

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What it’s really like being a DJ and Music Producer

Dance music has been propelled back into the forefront of mainstream popular culture, resulting mostly from the ‘deep-house’, drum & bass and g...

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Is Freelance Insurance for me?

Let’s not beat around the bush – freelancing can be scary. Sticking it out on your own isn’t always the walk in the park you’d hoped it would...

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Fiverr offers illegal private eye services, and other news

Mortgage lenders give pregnant freelancers a wide berth A report by online mortgage broker Trussle surveying 2,002 self-employed people found more ...

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Status Anxiety: Sole Trader vs Limited Company?

With the flexibility of freelancing comes a slipperiness of language: what exactly are you? Whether you call yourself a freelancer, a consultant, a...

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What is a business coach, and do you really need one?

It seems as though everyone is a coach these days. The International Coaching Federations boasts now over 30,000 members, a huge jump from just 13,...

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Changing your surname after marriage; time to rebrand or a bad idea?

The majority of women (59%) still take their husbands’ name after marriage, compared to 1% of men, according to a YouGov survey (unfortunately no d...

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Protect your Instagram! And other freelance news

HMRC waives fines as 120,000 self-employed workers miss digital tax deadline  Around 120,000 self-employed people have failed to meet the first dea...

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A Treatise on Tote Bags

When I’m not feeling weighed down from the mental load of multiple jobs, unpaid bills and loud neighbours, I like to indulge in frenzied, maniacal ...

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Does your background affect your freelance career?

There have been numerous studies on the effects of a person’s upbringing – class, education, privilege – on career success, with many reports drawi...

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