Empowering the Freelance Economy

The embarrassing work syndrome on the rise

Being your own boss as a freelancer comes with perks, but it also means you might find yourself glued to your chair for long stretches. This can lead to gluteal amnesia. In layman’s terms this is "dead butt syndrome." Don't let the funny

Goodbye, contractor blanket bans?

A legislative fix to off-payroll working rules taking effect on April 6th should reduce the perceived financial risk of engaging contractors commonly known as contractor blanket bans The start of the new tax year today - 6th April -

Stamp duty to double next year

The stamp duty or tax bill on an average priced home in England is set to jump from £2,428 to £4,928 after next March. That's more than double the cost of stamp duty this year ​In London the tax bill on an average priced first

How to get sculpted arms like Miley Cyrus

Do you feel like your arms could do with a serious tune-up but can't afford a personal trainer or gym fees? We share a celebrity-inspired workout you can carry out at home without the celebrity price tag. Miley Cyrus's toned arms stole

Jon Stewart makes “Daily Show” comeback

Jon Stewart, the comedian who redefined political satire during his 16-year reign on "The Daily Show," is stepping back into the spotlight, the AP has reported. But this time, the landscape he returns to is vastly different. Starting

Freelancers to gain from US chip R&D boom

US chip boom calls for specialist talent across multiple skill setsThe Biden administration has announced a significant $5 billion investment in a newly formed public-private consortium dedicated to research and development (R&D) of

2024 UK freelancer rates revealed

The much-anticipated YunoJuno annual Freelancer Rates Report for 2024 reveals a resilient freelance market navigating a challenging economic landscape. The report, based on over 98,000 freelance contracts, offers valuable insights into day

Best tablets with stylus pens for 2024

This guide to tablets with stylus pen capabilities compares some of the most exciting tablets by features and price points, helping you find the perfect fit for your needs and budget Tablets with stylus pens have become increasingly

What’s your procrastination type?

GUIDE A guide to the many types of procrastination and how not to let yours cripple your freelance business As a freelancer, you're your own boss. You set your own hours, choose your own projects, and are ultimately responsible for

Best areas for freelancer job security

While the overall job market in Great Britain might be facing some turbulence, the news isn't all doom and gloom for freelancers. A recent study by Wealth of Geeks reveals valuable insights into regional job security, which can be

Mel Robbins: how to bounce back from betrayal

In this Freelancer's Lunch, we turn to motivation expert and podcast host Mel Robbins. Mel shares her experience of being betrayed by someone she trusted in her business and offers guidance on how to approach betrayal in life and business

How can IT contractors make passive income?

As an IT contractor, you have some unique skills and knowledge that can be leveraged to generate passive income streams. Here are a few ideas you can explore Passive income usually requires upfront work. Building and establishing these

Are you depressed or just sleep deprived?

Can't sleep? Your mood might be feeling it too. Freelancers could be more prone to poor sleeping habits than others, which is why we look at the dark connection between sleep and depression and how to approach and eventually overcome both

Are you aware of these freelance scams?

The New Year is upon us and many freelancers will be looking to land new clients. Whether you have been working independently for years or through a freelance jobs platform we highlight some tips to avoid becoming a victim of freelance

New UAE corporate tax to impact freelancers

The introduction of corporate tax in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will impact many individuals conducting business there including freelancers, consultants and solo entrepreneurs. Here's what you need to know and things to consider.

How to Make It as a Freelance Stylist

GUIDE Stylists are often the masterminds behind those breathtaking editorial spreads and celebrity looks. However, the world of fashion is a competitive field, and it takes more than just good taste to make it. Budding stylists can

Pubs Could Stay Open Later for Euros

The UK government is proposing to extend pub and bar licensing hours if England, Wales, or Scotland reach the semi-finals or final of next year's European Football Championships This means that thirsty supporters could be cheering their

Where to go to get reliable news in 2023?

We highlight the websites and organisations purported to be reliable independent news sources. However, we are finding that going to just one source can prove unreliable and even biased depending on who is pulling the corporate or

Police short-changed holiday pay for decades

A Supreme Court case in the UK highlights how members of the Northern Ireland police force have been short-changed holiday pay for decades. Now police staff they could be getting it all back. Umbrella company workers should take notes, say

How to make passive income from blogging

Freelancers can make passive income from blogging in a number of ways. Here we show you some examples and what to consider before you get started According to recent research, it takes an average of 20 months to start making money with

Fiverr report could backfire on freelancers

New research carried out by freelance jobs platform Fiverr could backfire on freelancers as its report indicates that work can be carried out in less time and office-based work is preferred Almost 70% of UK workers say they could

Bilbao and Algorta: A Digital Nomad Guide

Many digital nomads will look to the sun-filled coasts of Eastern and Southern Spain, but those on the hunt for the Spanish way of life, but with a cooler microclimate might want to explore Northern Spain's Basque region. We look at two

Freelancing on a platform vs. independent

There are two main ways to freelance: you can either work on a platform or be truly independent. We highlight the pros and cons of both to help you decide Platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, Toptal and Yuno Juno allow freelancers to connect

How to create an optimal morning routine

In this guide, we highlight step by step how you can formulate a morning routine that's just right for you. Plus some inspiration from some of the world's most successful people How your morning goes can set the tone for the rest of the

Are tattoos taboo for client meetings?

Tattoos may be more mainstream, but are they still taboo in the workplace? This is a question that has been making the rounds on LinkedIn. We are calling out to freelancers with tattoos to share their experiences and tat pics! Research

The best European cities for expats

A new study from Travel Far and Wide has investigated the best cities in Europe for expats to move to in 2023. Yet, they may not be what you'd expect or want to hear Many freelancers and contractors dream of living abroad at some point

How thinking small saw founders make it big

A business that began from a mum assisting with her son’s school project, to over half a million units sold worldwide, is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary with the re-launch of its most popular product - Hot Stuff In A Matchbox. We

How to get over career switch anxiety

New data reveals that 57% of adults have switched careers in their lifetime. But younger generations are more prone to switch careers more than once. A new study looks into this phenomenon and the FI looks at how it can be applied to a

Best places to take a wellness workcation

Can't afford to take a holiday? More freelancers and people who can work remotely are considering a workcation with a wellness twist. Here we share the best destinations for wellness workcations in 2023 The summer is here and for many

How to create an app in a week

Conceptualising, building and selling an app in a week sounds like a crazy idea. But we thought we'd outline what would be involved if you tried to attempt it and no-code apps to make it easier. Why do people use apps? To make their

How to avoid late payments as a freelancer

Feel like you are working for some clients for free? New research shows the common causes of why freelancers could be getting paid late and how to avoid them When a freelancer lands more than one client that pays them on time, it's

Learn how to do CPR in 15 minutes

The solo self-employed may have less access to corporate health training than their salaried counterparts, but that shouldn't hold them back from seeking life-saving training, such as how to do CPR. In this Freelancer's Lunch Break, we

Is the freelance life right for you?

If you are on the fence about becoming or staying self-employed, then it’s time to explore your options. Gee Foottit of St. James’s Place Financial Adviser Academy shares a step-by-step Odyssey plan to help you decide GUIDE By Gee

Freelancer news you can use right away

The Freelance Informer shares tips and news stories it has spotted this week. The great thing is, you can start to use some of the information right away to improve your freelance business. Be informed, be Freelancer Informed! |

Divorcing later in life: what are the risks?

SPECIAL REPORT The rise of divorce later in life takes a toll on finances, but being single again is not as bad as you may think. Here are things to consider as a divorcing freelancer. Be informed, be Freelancer Informed! | Freelance

Never enough time to exercise?

Want to get fit, but never seem to have the time to exercise? Starting to feel desk-bound with back-to-back video calls? Here are some great ways to stay fit even at your desk. Be informed, be Freelancer Informed! |

Hybrid working: how’s that going for you?

SPECIAL REPORT Hybrid work isn't hitting the mark for parents and workers over 50 says new research Millions of contractors and freelancers have been working remotely or in some hybrid fashion for years. But now that more people have

Why is IR35 so scary for contractors?

IR35 outstrips tax increases and cost of living as contractors’ biggest concern for 2023 Despite inflation reaching a 41-year high recently and the raft of tax freezes and tax hikes to be introduced in the 2023/24 tax year, the IR35

Want to avoid financial shocks in 2023?

Add these events to your calendar so you can better handle some financial shocks set for 2023, suggests Helen Morrissey, senior pensions and retirement analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown Let's face it, 2022 was a "bruising year for our

Top 10 British films to watch this Christmas

“For me, a Christmas movie is something more than a story that directly addresses the more obvious trappings of the holiday season," says writer, director and sometimes actor (and fellow freelancer) Justin Trefgarne who shares his top ten