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?

How Poor Accounting Cost My Freelancing Business Thousands

Adam Manuel | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Adam Manuel

Like many new freelancers, I never saw the need for an accountant when I was starting out. Hiring one seemed like an unnecessary expense, a luxury tha...

Why I'll Probably Never Work in a Newsroom Again

Catherine Ball | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Catherine Ball

So here I am. A print journalist who still loves newspapers but will probably never work for one again. It isn't that I wouldn't want to, just that it wouldn't ever be the same. Can we put the online genie back in the bottle? Of course not and we wouldn't want to. But can we find a way to move with the times and save our newspapers for future generations? I really hope so.

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...

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.

Happier Than Office Workers? Freelancing Was Just About The Most Stressful Job I've Had

Poorna Bell | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

I quit my office job in 2008, utterly frazzled and having just born the brunt of being managed by a terrible boss. I was exhausted, disillusioned with journalism, and just wanted an environment where I wasn't being bellowed at daily. Freelancing seemed the perfect option.

Should Workers Still Be Paid For Time at the Office or What They Actually Deliver?

Mark Hillary | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

I haven't worked in a single corporate job where I was paid overtime. The last time I could actually claim overtime regularly for hours worked beyond those normally scheduled was when I was stacking apples on the produce counter in Safeway - happy days.

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.

The Freelancing Life: Tools of the Trade

Jessica Furseth | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Furseth

Just think of it as a way to tap into the communal hum of all the other freelancers - with the privacy to wear pyjamas. Here are some other tools that make freelancing life better, most of them completely free.

10 Stock Photos To Remind You Why It's Better Not To Work In An Office

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Comedy

Happy National Freelancers Day, national freelancers! Why not celebrate it by spending too much time on the internet, not getting dressed 'til 6pm and...

The New Wave of British Exports

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

In the past year we've seen the amount of time UK freelancers are selling their services to companies abroad (and in particular to far Eastern countries) more than double on PeoplePerHour. You'd think that these are specialist services from the upper echelons of our labour force. But they are not.

Applying the Sharing Economy By Renting Professionals' Time - Who Needs Fast Cars and Music?

Simon Harper | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK
Simon Harper

As more of us start to assess what we really value in our working lives we may find that the sharing economy opens up more options for our own working lives too, as portfolio working and 'renting time' become increasingly mainstream.

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.

All Freelancers Are Crazy Workaholics With No Money

Daniel Johnson | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Comedy
Daniel Johnson

Freelancers are always out of work. Even when they're in work, they're out of work. If you are not working, you have no money. And if you are working, you have no time to find more work. When the job ends, you have time, but no work. Whichever way you approach it, you always have no money.

The Freelancing Life: How to Get Things Done

Jessica Furseth | Posted 16.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Furseth

All freelancers live in spotlessly clean houses, with alphabetised spice racks and an encyclopaedic knowledge of disused Tube stations following endless fits of procrastination... right? People often seem to think this is the case, as did I to an extent before I went freelance myself.

The Freelancing Life: The Best and Worst of Times

Jessica Furseth | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Furseth

Flexible work hours may be on the rise, but anyone who ventures out during rush hour traffic could be excused to think otherwise. The freedom to break out of these patterns is often a key motivator for freelancers, as it was for me too.

Don't Pay Writers - It Only Encourages Them

Paul Bassett Davies | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
Paul Bassett Davies

If a writer is prepared to work without getting paid, how good can they be? If a plumber offers to work for free, that could be a bad sign. But writing isn't like other professions. A struggling writer is a romantic figure; a struggling brain surgeon, less so.

Freelancing? What's the Point?

Colette Mason | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Tech
Colette Mason

I'll hold my hands up. I'm 100% unemployable. When I say "unemployable" I don't mean unprofessional; I just mean I am not cut out to do the same role ...