Entrepreneur vs Business Owner - Which One Are You?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Everyone likes to call themselves an entrepreneur, but is there really truth in it? There's a big difference between someone who shows entrepreneurial skills such as innovation, creativity and competitive acumen and the guy who runs a successful car dealership franchise. Both are working for themselves, both want to call themselves entrepreneurs, but are they? Here's how to spot the difference.

16 Dangers Of Working As A Freelancer

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Comedy

Working freelance always seems like the holy grail of chill, but really? It's full of danger. Here's 16 things nobody ever tells you about freelancing...

9 Mistakes All New Entrepreneurs Make

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

No one is perfect. Yes, even you, budding entrepreneur! Because even though your idea may be perfect, and you're undoubtedly the best person to develop it, that doesn't make you bulletproof. So before you get going, consider these 9 mistakes all entrepreneurs make when they're starting out.

Burst Working

Jonas Altman | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Jonas Altman

It's a very interesting time. But isn't it always? Like every other generation before us, we believe that we are living in the most rapidly changing time in the history of mankind.

Three Pieces of Advice Modern Freelancers Need to Ignore

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

In short, it's about getting up early, driving your business forward and remaining motivated. Then, in time, you'll be the one they're asking for advice.

When Did Everyone Become an Expert?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Freelancing/contracting used to be reserved for the very best in the field, but with online platforms and sleek looking websites fooling us all in to thinking that any start-up can be specialist, I'm starting to see the market saturated with novices. Begging the question - When did everyone become an expert?

Freelancing Tools Of The Trade - The 90's And Now

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Trying to keep up? Here's how to translate your current resources in to the tools you'll need to keep up with the New Age.

How to Be Self-employed Over School Holidays Without Going Insane

Jo Gifford | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Wanna know how to be self employed as a parent over the hols without going la la? Here is my short and sweet lowdown on living, loving and working during what can be a challenging time for self employed parents.

The Pitfalls of Freelance - Four Ways to Make Lone Working Work

E J Rosetta | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
E J Rosetta

Two years ago, I flounced out of my office in a flurry of frustration and raged my way home and out of the rat race. It was terrifying, wonderful, exhilarating, seriously stupid and the best thing I have ever done.

Freelancing FAQ's

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Quit your job. Do it immediately. I call it getting "the fear".

69 Things You Should NOT Do as a Freelancer

Lizzie Davey | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

I haven't been freelancing for long, but I've learnt very quickly what things you should and shouldn't do. That's not to say I've mastered NOT doing these things - I'm still learning (there's a lot of them) - but putting them down on paper sure makes it easier.

Five Freelancing Faux Pas

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Self-discipline is a common problem for freelancers. Whether you're checking social media or getting distracted by your cat, it's easy to stray from your work without a boss breathing down your neck, which causes all sort of problems.

Working and Living Together: How It Feels When You and Your Boyfriend Work From Home

Charlotte Grainger | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Grainger

My boyfriend and I are two of the four million Britons now working from home. I am a writer, whilst he is a graphic designer. We both work freelance and so have irregular hours. We live together in a one-bedroom flat in Sheffield. Oh, and we have a cat.

Do Remote Workforces Really Work?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Tech
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

The benefits of outsourcing are impossible to argue with, but before you rush off and throw those tasks out there, know that implementing a workforce built up largely of remote workers does have its pros and cons, and you need to know how to manage them.

10 Essential Tips for the Self-Employed

Liz Fraser | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

One of the weirdest things about self-employement, is that nobody teaches you how to be self-employed. You it. And make a lot of mistakes along the way. Over the last 17 years at the Freelance Coalface, I've learned a few really valuable things that, had I known them at the start, might have saved me a grey hair or 50.

The Domino Effect of Self-Employment

Maite Baron | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

520,000 new businesses were created in the UK last year, with nearly 73,000 of them (14%) set up by former corporate employees - as a nation we're clearly becoming increasingly entrepreneurial and maybe even recapturing something of our "bulldog spirit" when it comes to trade and innovation.

When Process Overtakes Content

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Hiring is one of the most important skills in being an entrepreneur. And no one ever gets its all right. I've now been an entrepreneur for years and d...

Have You Got What It Takes to Go It Alone?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Ensure you do have some financial cushion or savings, as it can all take much longer than you think to see a profit. Find a group of people in a similar situation to you (mastermind group, networking group) so you can learn from and support each other.

The Freelance Revolution: London's Best Places to Work From

BarChick | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With one in seven of us now loving the flexible working lifestyle, and the number of self-employed people and freelancers having soared to highest level since records began - the way Londoners are working has changed (for the better we say).

Free Up Funds By Choosing Freelancers Over Full Time Talent.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Remember, freelancers are their own bosses. Their reputation for efficiency and quality work is their lifeblood, so they will be driving themselves. Every second a freelancer has that commission in their lap, it's their one and only focus.

Flourishing in Freelance - How to Take The Plunge

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Ever hated your boss? Plenty of us have. In fact I only lasted six months in employment before I worked out that being told what to do by someone else...

Flirting With Freelancing as a Graduate

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

There will be moments when you do a double take on your lifestyle... Just because there isn't a graduate scheme for it, doesn't mean you can't do the work you want to do. Go old school, send some emails, make some calls, and set yourself up... if you offer something good enough, the clients will come trotting.

Happiness an Education

Robert Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Robert Bradley

The most interesting people I met were the children. Most were too busy having fun to notice or realise that they were in a place of learning, while others paid close attention but still enjoyed what was being taught. Perhaps it was due to the efforts of the Outstanding Ofsted rated school that realised this.

The Freelancers Lament

The Mac Twins | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK
The Mac Twins

Leave school, go to college/university, find job in that chosen field, totter up that career ladder, receive pension, retire playing golf, making soup and joining a bridge club. This is what schools drill into us since our first times tables test, and when you don't take this path, you feel like you're on the whacky races with no guidance pit stops and a worrying lack of financial fuel.

How to Grow Your Freelance Business

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

In today's world, being good at what you do is simply not enough to grow your freelance business. It's a great start and will form the foundation of your future work, but you will also need to have a firm commitment to develop and then execute your marketing and growth strategies as part of your daily activities.