Freelance

Flirting With Freelancing as a Graduate

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 14.07.2014 | 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.

Six Driving Forces to Zero Hour Contracts

Maite Baron | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Recent news stories about ' Zero Hour Contracts ' demonstrate just how much the world of work is changing, and professionals who think this is a phenomenon confined to the realms of fast food and low cost direct retail, are likely to find themselves overwhelmed by a tsunami of change.

Imagine a World Where Everyone Was Freelance...

Daniel Callaghan | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Daniel Callaghan

Imagine not being sure when you'll next be paid and how much, what company you'll be working for, or even what work you'll be doing. For those who don't mind unpredictability, and who are not up for the monotony of a traditional 9 to 5 working day, that might sound familiar.

Freelancing: Netflix, OCD and Other Worrying Behaviour

Philip Larkin | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Philip Larkin

I'm still unemployed freelancing; don't tell anyone, but I'm starting to go a bit mad. It's been a good almost-year in many ways, as I've had a lot of time to work on my own TV projects - so lots of pitching has taken place in these past months, but with lots of pitching comes lots of knockbacks.

Essential Tools for the Freelance Writer

Daley James Francis | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK
Daley James Francis

Since becoming a full-time self-employed freelance writer four months ago, I've had a baptism of fire of sorts. I've had work rejected, made bad deals, been screwed over by being too naive and trusting and made some bad decisions with clients who have paid peanuts for work that I've since made significantly more money from later down the road.

Getting Paid to Satisfy Your Wanderlust: Five Perfect Jobs for Travel Addicts

Jen Acton | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jen Acton

It might seem like a pipedream, but with recent reports showing that the UK has some of the worst employment rates for under-30s in Europe, jumping ship is fast becoming a savvy option. In light of worsening summers and economic uncertainty, moving into that tropical beach-front apartment is no longer just a dream to save for retirement.

There Are Some Positives to Unpaid Work Placements

Huw L. Hopkins | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Huw L. Hopkins

All in all, Nicole and the rest of these Wannabe Hacks know what they're talking about, but during my work placement, I learnt an even more valuable lesson; never think you are beyond working unpaid, BUT carefully consider who it is you work unpaid for.

The Freelancing Life: When Freelancing Is a Bad Idea

Jessica Furseth | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Furseth

I'm realising that lots of people like the idea of freelancing, but when they hear what it's really like they find it's not right for them. Here are a few points to consider:

Diary of a Freelancer: Week 1

Jayne Gorman | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Gorman

I've left my job as an in house social media manager to make it on my own. Expectation levels are high but the person putting the most pressure on me is me. To others what I have already achieved in these early days looks like success, to me it is just the start.

Looking for That Ideal Job - Working to Get That Break

Mike John Matthews | Posted 11.01.2013 | UK
Mike John Matthews

Having expelled a fair chunk of energy on an email drive to various media agencies, the length and breadth of the UK, trying to find work or at least establish whether these guys would be open to a wine writer within their ranks, it's time to broaden that search. Honestly, the tumbleweed has been rolling and the silence has truly been deafening.