Freelance

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

Charlotte Grainger | Posted 08.10.2014 | 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 01.10.2014 | 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 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

One of the weirdest things about self-employement, is that nobody teaches you how to be self-employed. You just....do 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 19.09.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 22.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BarChick

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.

Escaping Burnout and Embracing the Joy of Missing Out - a Hot New Trend

Maite Baron | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Everything changes at the turn of the year. At least it feels that way having had a needed break from work and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It also offers the chance to consider what the brand new year might bring and contemplate how we are going to make 2014 one of our best years yet.

The Only Way You Can Go From Monday Morning Sinking Feeling to Floating on Air by 5pm Friday

Chris Ward | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ward

I am writing a series of features to inspire people to break a 200-year-old bad habit we have, to stop doing the one thing that that kills most of our time and energies - going to the same place for eight hours of every day, of every week, of every year, to do our work.

Freelance Britain 2013

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

With an ever increasing number of people freelancing to earn extra money, start their own micro-businesses, have a more flexible work/life balance, or...

10 Reasons Why a Social Media Strategy Is the New CV

Maite Baron | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

When we're all so committed to being online, it seems surprising that many professionals and managers, along with those giving careers advice still haven't realised that a professional social media strategy is now a must.

The Times They Are a Changing, So Make the Most of Them

Daphne Diamant | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daphne Diamant

Achieving a full-time, creative career can seem an unachievable task in 2013. Many young designers, artists and musicians are struggling to do what they love for a living without having to work in something mundane to pay the bills, whilst they pursue their dream career part-time.

Five Ways to Start a Business and Create Your Own Legacy

Maite Baron | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

moving away from corporate life to start a new venture is a big step to take, but it can be a life-changing leap forward, as those who have done it have found. And by doing the same you will have the opportunity to make your mark on the world in a way that would never be possible if you stay with a corporate organisation.

How Am I Supposed to Get Experience Without a Job in the First Place?

Adam Ball | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Ball

The one thing I'd wish I'd known starting university is how important your network is. When it comes to finding jobs or potential opportunities this is essential. It can mean that if you don't have the right grades someone can vouch for you on the inside. Most people just need a chance to show what they can do and sometimes a quick word from a friend can be that chance.

Don't Die Before Your Time, Say Goodbye to Stress Before it's Too Late

Maite Baron | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

In the biggest survey of its kind in the UK, a YouGov survey for major health insurer Bupa has revealed just how stressed we are here in Britain.

Start Your Business, Seven Steps to Become Ready for Self-employment

Maite Baron | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

By following these 7 steps to become ready for self-employment you could get back in the driver's seat and start your business.

Efron or Hack

Sadie Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

We were in my old neighbourhood of North London as we set about our catch up when talk led on to the fact that as I've been working out, a lot, my stomach is now back to semi firm; I proudly declared "I'm ready!"

Beyond the Fed - From Federal ShutDown to Start Up

Maite Baron | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Politics
Maite Baron

So America has a Federal Shutdown ... at least partially ... paralysed because those supposedly responsible for leading the country have put egos and self-interest before all else. As a result, more than 800,000 federal workers who thought themselves in safe government jobs are kicking their heels at home, waiting to be called back to work, with no certainty they'll be paid for their enforced layoff.

10 Tell Tale Signs You Are Ready to Leave the Rat Race

Maite Baron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Have you had enough of the nine-to-five (or should they call it the seven-to-seven?), the pointless rounds of meetings, and wondering if this is what life's really about? Then here are ten tell-tale signs that it's almost certainly time to make a break.