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The Pernicious Grip of the Personal Brand

“What do you think my brand is?” a friend asked me last week, popping up on WhatsApp in the middle of the day. They had just posted a meme on Twitt...

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How to stand up for yourself as a musician

So you’ve made the jump – you’re a freelance musician! We all know how great freelancing is but, as with any career, it’s not without its fai...

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Gig workers should be able to form unions, says EU commissioner

IPSE: New IR35 briefing ‘cold comfort’ to concerned UK self-employed The Government’s changes to off-payroll working rules with ‘IR35’ is leaving f...

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The Pounds of Flesh: The consequences of selling your trauma as a woman of colour

What I’m about to talk about may seem like a niche topic. Odd even, when the discussion on diversity around the newsroom is still being spoken of, ...

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Halloween

It is the time of year where ‘Brain Hemorrhage’ shots, webbed accoutrements and tepid, gourd-spiced milk creep back into our peripheral vision. Whi...

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The skills to sell yourself as a copywriter

When you’re talking up your copywriting skills at a networking event or pitching your talents to a new client, what do you say? How do you present ...

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Half of musicians suffer sexual harassment at work and other news

The Independent: Half of musicians suffer sexual harassment at work, damning report claims About half of musicians have been forced to endure sexua...

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The Great Freelance Tax Hunt

Joel Crane* and his business partner owe £1.35million to HMRC. Crane started his business, which specialises in graphic design, in 2004. In 2009 he...

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Tricks and Treachery

When we are tricked, deceived, or taken by surprise, we float momentarily in a temporal space that resides between realities, dithering somewhere b...

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How To Find A Sponsor For Your Podcast

The world of podcasts is booming – research shows there are around 750,000 shows, and 30 million episodes to catch up on.  But if you’re a new podc...

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When is the right time to leave your job to go freelance?

I have never known a freelancer who’s been able to say honestly when the exact moment was that they knew it was time to go freelance. It’s not a de...

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Independent Contractors Strike for their Employment Rights and other stories

inews: Royal Mail subsidiary couriers take strike action over working conditions to demand basic employment rights Independent Contractors at a Roy...

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Is anybody out there? Finding freelance advice isn’t always that simple.

For any freelancer, going it alone can be daunting.  While choosing your own hours and projects and no longer working for ‘the man’ can prove to be...

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Cultural Tribes

“I’m conducting some offhand anthropological research into fan cultures,” I explained between sips of a Yorkshire brew, “And, helping my sister fin...

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Dealing with difficult clients as a PT

As a Personal Trainer, a lot of your job requires socialising and making friends. Most are lovely, but there’s always the odd ones who really do te...

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Banks begin to tighten rules around hiring, Uber launches freelance recruiter app, and other stories

Financial Times: Lloyds contractors face job loss or pay cuts over tax changes Thousands of freelance workers at Lloyds Banking Group will be told ...

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Purgatory for Journalists: The Problems with Payment on Publication

As anyone who has walked the tightrope of self-employment knows, getting paid can be wildly difficult as a freelancer. Payment is slow, follow up e...

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Regarding The Pain of Artists

Writing in the wake of a near-fatal accident and taking inspiration from Emily Dickinson, Christina Crosby considers the temporal disruption of her...

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Why do we panic about sending mass emails?

The feeling is always the same. First, you’re calm, you’re approaching the task at hand diligently without fear. You check it, you double-check it,...

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Self-employed savings crises as people don’t pay into a pension

The Telegraph: Self-employed savings crisis: pension contributions plummet as record numbers work for themselves More people than ever are working ...

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