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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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Show time! How to curate an art exhibition for the first time

The role of the curator is often viewed from one of two extremes. For the casual exhibition visitor, the idea that someone has curated the artwork ...

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COVID-19 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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UnderPinned’s Virtual Office is free to use

We’re making our essential package free until September to support workers of all kinds, and to help support the people that need it most wit...

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IR35 delayed for a year due to concerns around COVID-19

IR35 reforms to be delayed for a year due to coronavirus (City A.M.) Chief treasury secretary Steve Barclay this evening announced that the IR35 ta...

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Getting better at taking (and giving) criticism

When you’re a hormone-filled teenager, a bad day can feel like the end of the world. Once you’re an adult, things calm down and your life feels mor...

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Far, far better to be safe

A lot of people are about to become very familiar with remote working for the first time in their professional careers.  Working from home isn’t a ...

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Coming down the mountain; The Freelance Bible

The cynic in me distrusts the idea of self-help books thinly disguised as ‘personal development’. At the rate I’ve been known to ...

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MP’s call for sick leave pay for the self-employed

Urgent calls from MPs for five million self-employed workers to be given equal sick pay rights (The Telegraph)  Politicians and trade bodies are ca...

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Is networking relevant for modern freelancers?

Traditional networking is a divisive thing, tending to split people firmly into one of two camps. You’re either a social swan, who glides around ev...

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Seven days of crowdfunding down. Twenty-three to go.

I was recently cleaning out my house in the process of moving out, and found the tracing of a memory that is unbelievably special to us.  But it al...

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Copyright for Illustrators and Artists

As the contracts we sign become evermore complex and include rights and uses unheard of when I began as an illustration agent 20 years ago, one iss...

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How is Coronavirus going to affect gig economy workers?

​Coronavirus UK: unions warn over lack of sick pay for gig economy workers (The Guardian) The government has been accused of failing to grasp the t...

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Being a creative outside of social media

For many creatives – particularly freelancers, contractors and consultants – social media platforms are ripe with gigs and opportunitie...

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UnderPinned is live on Crowdcube. Become a part of the future of freelancing.

It’s nice to finally say it out loud. Throughout this entire process, one of the most consistent questions members of our community have asked is “...

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Why are clients so bad at briefing freelancers?

So you’ve landed a gig—great. The pay is decent—which can be shocking, but you don’t question it. It’s a peach of a client and might even end up in...

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Many UK businesses at risk due to IR35 implementation

Businesses at risk from IR35 off-payroll tax reforms (Financial Times) More than 600 freelance workers protested in the shivering cold outside Parl...

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