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Uber and Lyft drivers continue the search for a better life

Tax changes forced on self-employed people working in the public sector from 2017 are now set to reduce the take-home pay of 170,000 contractors wo...

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Creative Motherhood: Are children really the enemies of promise? 

Cyril Connolly, editor of the literary magazine Horizon, said in his book Enemies of Promise in 1938 that: ‘There is no more sombre enemy of good a...

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HIIT Cardio vs. Steady-State Cardio

Back in the day, if someone wanted to get fit or lose weight, they would just put their trainers on and hop on a treadmill for 45 minutes. For some...

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Old Dogs and Underdogs

When I’m not writing think-pieces about the culture industry, I spend my time working in a university bookshop; ‘pyramiding’ (industry lingo for re...

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Starting Out Selling Your Ceramic Art

If you told me a year ago I would be selling my own ceramics at amazing markets and online, as well as winning a scholarship to Edinburgh College o...

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Freedom and Fakers : A Life on Freelance Platforms

Before there was freelancing there was this weird thing called a salary, where you got paid to do your job. That was it, the end. It didn’t matter ...

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10 Difficult Freelance Clients You Need To Fire

As a freelancer, you deal with a wide variety of people. Most are amazing – the clients you want to work with again and again – but some… som...

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Adobe: A cool creative brand, or an overpriced non-essential?

Billie Eillish and other creative celebrities have a lot to say about Adobe now that they’ve gone down the brand rep style of advertising. It...

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The Freelancer’s Guide To Self-Care

When you’re trying to hustle as hard as you can, it can be hard to switch off. But whilst you’re all about the grind, it’s important not to let fre...

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Indelible Women

Enemy of Jazz and joyless nitpicker, Theodor Adorno, once suggested that our willingness to follow the rabbit hole of the culture industry has repl...

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Continuing the never-ending conversation: How to be a poet

To be a poet you must inhabit the nucleus of experience. A poet does not look twice before crossing the road. A poet puts their work before themsel...

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Using Social Media to Gain Clients (Introverts, Take Note)

For so many freelancers, one of the real joys of working on your own is that you get to indulge your introverted personality in the joy of not havi...

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New diversity standards in Creative Industries, help for disabled self-employed workers & a rise in popularity of “platform work”

14% rise in late self-assessment tax payment fines  Figures show that there has been a dramatic rise in the number of people who are being fined by...

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Kill The Boss In Your Head: Freelancing and Creativity

Often, when I have a deadline looming so large it seems to blot out the sun, my brain lurches back a couple of decades to a Calvin and Hobbes carto...

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The Cultural Robot

It’s uncanny standing eye-to-eye with a robot. Folded sheets of metal and latex simulating the fragile impression of the cupid’s bow, a faintly fur...

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Exercises For Your Brain

So, let’s talk about our brains. We, as a generation, are very health conscious and fitness obsessed. Everyone wants rock hard abs and a nice round...

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Getting Into Freelance Health Writing

As a writer, it’s easy to pick the area you’d like to write in and about, but not always so easy to get a foot in the door. And so it was for me, w...

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The future’s Tik Tok, but we wish it wasn’t

Do you remember when you wore your mood ring and choker to that party in the early 90s and thought “this is it; I have nailed that look”. It was a ...

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The gig economy doubles again, the problem with freelance pensions, and the government’s apprenticeship scheme

Why you should be thinking about pensions now Freelancing can be uncertain at the best of times, but do you really want to be feeling that uncertai...

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The sincerest form of flattery: Inspiration or Theft?

A while ago, I thought that someone had stolen an article from me. I’m still not sure if they did, and I’m certainly not going to name ...

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