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Easy Money: Universal Basic Income in the Freelance Economy

If you’ve heard of Universal Basic Income, chances are you’ll have heard somebody dismiss it as ‘free money for everyone’, a misguided policy that ...

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The Final Act

A peck on the cheek will sometimes suffice. Some prefer a handshake, a wave, a referendum or a conscious uncoupling, whilst others simply vaporise ...

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150 people responded to my call for freelancers. I had to choose between them

Going through 100 emails is a soul-destroying task at the best of times. For me, getting to the famed inbox zero feels like being the lone firefigh...

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HMRC are relaxing their IR35 tax rule changes and other news

HMRC softens tax rule changes for freelancers following ‘contractor chaos’ (The Telegraph) HMRC has decided to reevaluate the changes to their tax ...

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Is IR35 going to work?

There is bad news on the way for some of the UK’s army of self-employed workers, with the imminent changes to the rules governing tax and national ...

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Steamy Season

Last week, an older woman came into the shop, looked me square in the eyes and demanded that I order in a copy of the instructional S&M manual,...

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How to make your photography stand out 

Photography is everywhere and it seems everyone is a photographer. But while there are more platforms than ever before to share your work, the digi...

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The Maternity Allowance Backlog: everything you need to know

Starting a family is, in many ways, trickier for women who are self-employed. For one, it’s up to us to plan our schedule, negotiate time off with ...

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One million missed self-assesment deadlines with HMRC

Nearly one million miss tax return deadline (BBC News) A total of 11.1 million did hit the deadline of the end of Friday to complete their self-ass...

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The BBC and diversity: Will they ever come together?

I was at an event at the BBC recently where aims to be inclusive were presented neatly in a PowerPoint presentation before the talk began. The spea...

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Getting heard as a female journalist

I can remember clearly the first time, as a woman, I had to shout to get my voice heard. I was never a quiet child, but it took until I was 12 year...

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Birthday Cake, the Best of a Year, and Gratitude

For fifty-two Sundays, I’ve Googled everything from “CBD for Dogs” to “Brain Hemorrhage shots”. I’ve written about the Edinburgh Fringe, Punk, Robo...

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What are the differences between Portfolios and Proposals?

So you’ve bought a domain name, set up your fancy new portfolio website and responded to more requests for proposals than you can count. But there&...

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Is IR35 going to end freelancing as we know it?

 IR35: The End Of Freelancing As We Know It? (Forbes) April 2020 sees the expansion of IR35 from the public sector to all businesses. Does the regu...

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What does Brexit Friday mean for Expat Freelancers?

It has not only been work opportunities that have been the driving force for Brits emigrating to Spain. Along with the TV documentary fodder of tho...

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You don’t have to fake it to make it in VFX

From advertising and social media video to TV shows and movies, there’s a huge and increasing demand for VFX artists right now. And whether you’re ...

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Bong or no Bong, Brexit won’t work for creative freelancers

January 31 is Far From the Brexit Saga Cut-Off, Creative Freelancers Cautioned (Freelance UK) Creative industry freelancers are being all but told ...

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SFW: The need for coworking designed for neurodiverse people

Why aren’t we discussing the need for shared workspaces that work for neurodiverse people – and how freelancers can use them? Freelancing can...

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Sleep and the 24/7 exhibition at Somerset House

On Thursday 17th January at 23:59, I counted the day’s remaining seconds awaiting the release of Mura Masa’s new album Raw Youth Collage to h...

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Sex Work and Intersectionality

Zoe Southcott went for tea and chats with Sex Worker and Activist Pussy Willow, here’s what she discovered.   There are few sex workers ...

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