Freelance

How To Make The Transition From Full-Time To Freelance Writing

Elise Dopson | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Elise Dopson

Making the transition from a secure full-time job to freelancing is difficult. It can feel like a leap into the unknown and with no concrete evidence that you'll generate enough money, many freelancers will put-off the jump for longer than they actually need to.

Getting An Apprenticeship Was The Best Thing I've Ever Done... Here's Why

Elise Dopson | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Elise Dopson

I was 16, just finished my last exams and was looking for something new to do. By all means I was classed as a 'normal teenager off to college', but my mental health didn't permit.

Why You Should Quit Your Job In 2017

Claire Beveridge | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Claire Beveridge

Ultimately, there will never be a perfect moment to quit your job. Unless you land a huge freelance contract whilst you're still employed, chances are you're better off looking for a good moment rather than the perfect one. So what are you waiting for?

Freelance Creatives: Give Yourself A Promotion In 2017

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

As we look forward to another brand new year, here's an idea I had while listening to some experts talk about how to get promotions in conventional workplaces. If, as I've suggested in some of these posts, you might think of your freelance or creative work as within the framework of a sort of imaginary office, why not give yourself a promotion every now and then?

How To Assess The Value Of Your Creative Work

Leila Johnston | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

We'd all like to get paid more for what we do. But we have a habit of feeling our stuff is impossible to value because we develop an emotional, personal relationship with it. Doing business with our creative outputs can feel like selling off a section of our very soul.

Dreaming Of A Nomadic Lifestyle?

Alice Weightman | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Weightman

It's a dream job, right? Having the freedom to travel the world, while continuing your career and receiving a regular pay check at the same time. Simp...

Linkedin Isn't For Freelancers...Or Is It?

Jo Rourke | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Tech
Jo Rourke

Linkedin, when used correctly, can be an extension of your website, providing information you won't include there, and, contrary to popular belief, it can be customised considerably; giving it your personal touch. You'll notice I said it's an extension of your website, not an extension of your CV. After all, your Linkedin profile can have, among other things:

Paid Writing: The Attrition Economy

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Andrew Keith Walker

Five years ago I dumped the commute, sold out of my various business interests and became a full time freelance writer. It was in many respects the worst career decision I've ever made, but at the same time, also the best. It depends on which day you ask.

When Trying to Be Productive Can Harm Productivity

Grace Olivia Parry | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Grace Olivia Parry

Have you ever tried forcing something in life? Something unrelated to productivity levels, in this instance? What happens? My guess is, like pretty much every time, it fails. Things can only happen in life if we truly want them to. If we start to follow a path lined with uncertainly, it's never going to work out.

Five Practical Ways to Maximize Productivity in Your Home Office

Sasha G Brown | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Sasha G Brown

As a mother of two beautiful girls, I've experienced first-hand the struggles of balancing work with the responsibilities of being a parent. I jumped at the opportunity to work from home, but I quickly realized I needed to set boundaries in order to maximize my productivity in a busy home. ..

Why You Can Have a Successful Career and Be a Good Mother

Vicki Psarias | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Psarias

Frustratingly, so often, as women, we're made to feel by others, undoubtedly perpetuated by the media and society as a whole, that we cannot lead, achieve and reach the top of our profession, while raising a young family.

Entrepreneur vs Business Owner - Which One Are You?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 24.06.2016 | 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.