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Why you shouldn’t work for free—and how to set your day rate

Should you ever work for free? Every freelancer will have been asked to work for nothing, whether it’s the early-career work done in exchange for ‘...

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Bouncing back from a big financial hit

The full impact of Covid-19 on the economy is still unknown, but one thing is for certain – it’s not looking good. Even more certain is...

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Will the self-employed have access to emergency cash payments early?

Self-employed could get emergency cash payments before June, (The Telegraph) The self-employed could be handed emergency cash payments sooner than ...

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Worse than 2008? Freelancers in the finance crisis

I’d been in my bathroom getting ready to head to my then still-open coworking spot, the radio on in my living room, when the newscaster said what h...

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Four Freelancers on how they are dealing with Covid-19

It’s an unprecedented time of uncertainty for everyone, but arguably it’s the self-employed community (4.8 million people in the UK) who face the m...

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More than a million self-employed workers have claimed universal credit

1.5m more self-employed workers file claims for universal credit, (Business Matters Magazine) More than 1.5 million people have applied for univers...

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Unlocking the grants: The Problem with the Freelance Scheme

Ah, to be a freelancer in Germany! In order to help shield the self-employed from the effects of the coronavirus-induced recession, the German stat...

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HMRC continues chasing workers for loan charge during the coronavirus crisis

Self-employed workers caught out by the controversial ‘loan charge’ are still being chased by the taxman despite coronavirus crisis, (T...

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Why UnderPinned and the Government are working together to end poor payment practices

41%.  It is one of the statistics that the UnderPinned team most commonly find themselves scratching their head over. Campaigns have been set up to...

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The effects of Professional Ghosting

It was all going so well. An editor at a magazine I’d been chasing for months had replied to say he’d loved my idea for a feature. We’d emailed bac...

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Millions in UK ‘could slip through virus wage safety net’

Covid – 19 Sunak Urged to Urgently Close Gaps in Support for Self-Employed, (Freelance UK) The chancellor is being inundated with appeals from supp...

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Is the future of travel content “green”?

Hands up if you didn’t know a destination existed until it came across your Instagram feed? Now hands and toes up if you’ve ever decided on where t...

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Work, Redefined

As one of millions of self-employed people who has been put out of work by this crisis, I have been left my job thinking about what is meant by tha...

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The Covid-19 Crisis plan for freelancers, and the problems with it

Chancellor gives support to millions of self-employed individuals, (GOV.uk) Millions of self-employed individuals will receive direct cash grants t...

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Working alone everywhere; Perceptions of Freelancing around the World

Freelance creatives work all day in their pyjamas, right? And we only work when we can be bothered. Of course, it’s much less stressful than an off...

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Updated COVID-19 UnderPinned Resource for freelancers

We have created a short PDF resource regarding Covid-19 and it’s affect on freelancers for our community to view, downloadable here. It will ...

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Staying afloat on freelance recruitment platforms

Last summer I lost my job with little warning. I had worked for several years as a journalist and editor in the hospitality and tourism sectors and...

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Will the COVID-19 lockdown break the internet?

With the UK government’s announcement on Monday 24 March of a nationwide lockdown to delay the further spread of COVID-19, a lot more of us are goi...

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Where is the help for the self-employed?

UK’s self-employed facing anxious wait for chancellor’s lifeline (Financial Times)  MPs conducting inquiries into the government’s response to the ...

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Employers should have guidelines on how to treat freelancers

I had a demoralising experience with an editor the other day. I can’t say which publication they worked for (one of the downsides of freelanc...

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