Self Employment

How Leaving My Job Was Similar to Leaving My Husband

Soozi Baggs | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This sounds like a flippant statement but it's not meant to be. Leaving my job to go self employed, and leaving my husband to go it alone as a single parent, were both incredibly important and emotional times in my life. Times filled with fear, doubt, uncertainty, and plenty of tears. And on recent reflection I realised that I'd gone through many of the same thoughts and feelings during each of them.

Finding Saviour in a Startup

Benedict Dellot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Benedict Dellot

Where are we now, and where are we going? Twenty or fifteen years ago we could rely on mainstream institutions to answer these questions for us. Westminster, Fleet Street, Big Business - they told us what the good life really meant, and how to live it. Yet fast forward to 2013 and these are no longer the bedrocks of society; their legitimacy sapping in the wake of perpetual scandals, their decline accelerated by the worst economic crash in a century.

The 'Shirley Valentine' Experience: Make Summer Your Catalyst for Change

Maite Baron | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

A few people really do have Shirley Valentine moments like this, but many more who should, never think of their holiday as potentially a powerful catalyst for change. So they go back home to live the life they've always lived, no matter how unrewarding or disappointing it is. But why do that?

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.

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.

Celebrating Women's Work

Kim Thorneywork | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Thorneywork

Since International Women's Day was first celebrated at the beginning of the last century it has grown to include businesses, communities, political parties and pressure groups as well as education providers. The world of further education (FE) is no exception in that it truly supports this important calendar date...

Ambition Has No Age Limit

Steven Fifer | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Steven Fifer

There are more than 3.5 million people between the age of 50 and 64 who are workless in the UK and for many people in this age group, redundancy and unemployment is a significant problem.

What Do Cab Drivers, Carpenters And Farmers Have In Common? (VIDEO, INFOGRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK

Figures from the Office of National Statistics have confirmed that more people are self employed today than at any time since the start of the recessi...

Charlie Thomas

Are Jobs Stats Masking The Poorly Treated Self-Employed?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK

The government's employment figures, due to be published on Wednesday, have been skewed by a surge in self employment, according to Trade Unions Congr...

Is Underemployment the New Normal?

Giselle Cory | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics
Giselle Cory

There's a real policy challenge in how we support people who, despite being in work, aren't working enough hours. This is a notoriously tricky thing to get right.

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 Entrepreneur Revolution

K. Day | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK
K. Day

Business is entering a new era. Gone (long gone) is the dominance of the job for life. With this demise comes a new breed of business owner. There have always been entrepreneurs of course, but now this is really time for the business owner to have a voice stronger than ever before.

A Star's Guide to Making Bigger Bucks

Jane Fae | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Fae

I have indeed discovered the secret to business success. And I owe it all to Starbucks.

Don't See Obstacles, See Opportunities

Richard Branson | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK
Richard Branson

One of the great myths of business (and cheesy old game shows) is that opportunity knocks. Opportunity does not knock on your door, you have to bang on the door yourself and keep knocking until you get in.

The Only Way is Not Uni

Daisy Leahy | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Leahy

I spent eight years training to be a professional figure skater, training with some of the top skating coaches in the UK, until one day I decided to rethink my whole career.

PRIME Talent in Mature Workers

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Hoppen

In the UK over 3.5 million people between 50-64 are economically inactive... That means one in three people 50+ are out of work compared with one in five people under 50. There has been a 40% rise in unemployment amongst over 50s in the last two years. The recession is hitting everyone hard but I was personally shocked to hear those figures.

Consider Working From Home as a Freelance Writer

Reno Charlton | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Reno Charlton

Although they tend to work mostly behind the scenes, you probably see the work of copywriters every day, whether it is in print media, online, on TV or whether you hear it on the radio.

Unemployment and Underemployment - How Much Pain has the Recession Really Caused?

Andrew Sissons | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Sissons

Wednesday's figures show that unemployment has fallen for the first time since May last year. This should come as a big relief after months of turmoil in the job market, but the headline number hides another type of pain: underemployment.

The Freelancing Life: Three Steps to Get Things Started

Jessica Furseth | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Furseth

I'll be the first to admit it: leaving a safe, reliable in-house job in the midst of a recession doesn't seem like the smartest thing to do. Especially considering I knew nothing about working for myself, and the thought of selling my own work on a daily basis felt a little bit terrifying.

Expect a Flurry of New E-Commerce Businesses

Eva Grzybek | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Tech
Eva Grzybek

The economic picture in the UK and the rest of Europe is grim and there is very little sign of this changing any time soon. One of the most difficult consequences of this is unemployment, which has just reached 2.685 million in Britain, which is the highest since 1996.