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I chose to become a migrant, and learned to be a freelancer

“Migration can be triggered by the angle of sunlight, indicating a change in season, temperature, plant life, and food supply… Every history has mo...

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Imposter syndrome when editing your own mag

I was nineteen when I had the idea to create SICK, a magazine where all the contributors would be chronically ill and disabled people. At the time ...

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BBC presenters lose case against HMRC, and other stories.

HMRC wins IR35 court case against freelancers HM Revenue & Customs has won a case against three BBC freelance presenters who were considered li...

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Can creative freelancers have a career where they don’t use social media?

Recently, I have arrived at the conclusion that more often than not, I loathe social media.  I hate the way it engulfs me in a cloud of self-doubt ...

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How to survive the quiet months as a Graphic Designer

I left a decent paid full-time Graphic designer job – it was March and the last month of the financial year. A good friend of mine who was a textil...

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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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