Empowering the Freelance Economy

Have you tried deep working yet?

Multitasking is overrated. Well, any parent or entrepreneur could have told you that. But there's some science that backs that statement up. According to research and science presented in Cal Newport's book Deep Work, a singular focus on a

HMRC late payment interest rates to increase

HMRC interest rates for late payments will be going up following the Bank of England interest rate rise to 0.25%. The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee voted on 16 December 2021 to increase the Bank of England base rate to 0.25%

New app maps out your dream home in minutes

The rise in remote and hybrid working means many Britons are spending fewer days commuting to and from the office. Is it time hybrid contractors started searching for a new place to live? Because of this reduced travel time, many

set up a second-hand business

From second hand car parts, furniture, clothes, jewellery, home decor, laptops, mobile phones to white goods find out which second-hand products are in high demand from customers and insurers who see the green benefits. Waste not,

More tax hikes to come?

Under current government spending plans, council tax increases of 3.6% per year will be needed for the next three years just to ensure councils can provide the same range and quality of services in 2024–25 as was provided

under 40? check out this free cash opportunity

Lifetime ISAs (LISAs) can be opened by anyone aged between 18 and 39 in the UK, after that you've missed the boat. The attraction of these investment vehicles is that you can save up to £4,000 a year in them, towards say your first home or

What are the new “Freedoms” of Brexit?

New plans to "capitalise on the freedoms from Brexit" have been announced and one of the first places you might witness these changes are on a pint glass down the pub. Some tweeters have had a field day with the news. Regulatory

20 questions with… Sarah Townsend

Freelancers and contractors are curious people. That’s why they love to hear how others broke into this weird and wonderful world of work and how they are improving their game and switching off when they aren’t working. This week Sarah

Amazon preps for 55K corporate hires

Amazon is preparing another massive hiring spree, this time it's looking to fill corporate roles, including in the UK. Amazon is planning to hire 55,000 people for corporate and technology roles globally in the coming months, according

Self-employed and on the NHS waiting list?

The new Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, has warned that the number of people on a waiting list for NHS care in England could reach as many as 13 million. For many self-employed people, including freelancers and

How to take on More clients as a freelancer

Want to take on more clients or projects to grow your freelance business, but think you can't afford to hire seasoned staff to delegate the workload? Are you an entrepreneurial graduate looking to get experience in a small business or

12 Mental Methods to Get Smarter

🎧FREELANCER'S LUNCH Boosting our raw brainpower in adulthood may seem impossible, but that doesn't stop some people, regardless of their IQ, from consistently excelling at their jobs, personal goals and breaking into new areas. How do

Variants affecting fully vaxxed

From BBC host Andrew Marr to neighbours, friends and colleagues, people are catching COVID after double vaccinations. Some are bed-bound for a few days. Some are losing their lives. Medical experts comment on the latest developments on new

Tips to curb spending as lockdown lifts

The UK government’s lifting of lockdown restrictions poses more temptation to spend and additional expenses. The same could hold true for freelancers in other markets, such as Australia, Asia and Europe. The UK government’s announcement

Tips to declutter your home office

Did you know that a cluttered home office can wreak havoc on your mind? Having to navigate piles of clutter can overstimulate your brain, a study has found. The solution? A tidy desk. The results? Focused concentration on your working

How to impress a Vegan at your next BBQ

Vegan barbeques are 43% healthier than regular meat-based barbecues, new research has revealed. But can they be just as impressive as a traditional meat fest on the grill? Falafel burgers are the most popular vegan barbecue dish in the

Join the June self-assessment challenge

In 2020, some 700,000 taxpayers left it to the very last day to file their self-assessment – with a nail-biting 26,562 taxpayers leaving it to the last hour, Crunch reported. Preparing your self-assessment in June could help

Gig workers take Post Office to court

Some 120 sub-postmasters have taken the Post Office to an employment tribunal in a bid to become ‘workers’ and receive employment rights. The workers are fighting for their right to paid holiday, pension rights and sick pay. The

How to raise emergency cash in a flash

If you need to raise some emergency cash for business or personal reasons, there are some easy ways to claw back funds, according to a report by Rest Less. Here are just a few to get you started. Get overpayments back from your energy

How to pay down debt faster

Try one of these strategies to get that debt monkey off your back. Debt doesn't always have to be a dirty word. A loan, for example, could help purchase a vehicle for a new business. A mortgage, a home, that over time could

Freelance skills in highest demand

Following the initial shift from offline to online, businesses are now optimising their e-commerce sites, prioritising their brand image and getting creative. Digital transformation isn’t slowing down anytime soon and these services will

The Pitch competition is now open!

If you are a freelancer with a big idea, a business still in the planning stages or ready to grow, this competition is designed to boost your skills, network and confidence. The Pitch - now in its 14th year - is an independent pitching

Heat your home office for less

The UK and much of Europe has had an unseasonably cold Spring so far. That means our central heating is still on and costing us. For anyone looking for ways to keep your workspace toasty without having the central heating blasting in

Check out this week’s free webinars

Lunch and Learn with Enterprise Nation Enterprise Nation is hosting daily Lunch and Learn webinars to give you a boost, offer some advice, and become part of your daily business schedule. Enterprise Nation team members are

What’s your freelancer personality type?

After studying some of the one million business owners who use Shopify, the e-commerce platform categorised different founder personality types. They highlighted what motivates each, too. Read through their personality signs below and

Contractors get the chop

ContractorCalculator urges in a press release for agencies and end-clients to terminate contractor contracts before April When Freelance Informer received the below press release in its Inbox, it was taken aback by the headline, and

British drivers avoid insurance hike

British drivers will avoid an estimated £50 a year increase in motor insurance costs as the government confirms it plans to do away with the controversial EU ‘Vnuk’ law, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced. Government

UK SMEs dash for last chance cash schemes

Small and medium businesses in the UK are hoping for a major breakthrough to be announced by the Treasury on the Directors Income Support Scheme (DISS) as they grapple with the prospects of an end to cash schemes and wage hikes among other

Cybersecurity firms not safe from attack

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Sunday night issued Emergency Directive 21-01, in response to a known compromise involving SolarWinds Orion products that are currently being exploited by malicious

IKEA #BuyBackBlackFriday: is it still on?

Forty per cent of UK consumers regret a Black Friday purchase, but only 14% will actually return anything, according to a recent USwitch survey report. If that purchase was made at IKEA there's a chance you could get some money back for

Hopin is hiring (everywhere)!

Hopin, the London-based virtual venue for live online events, hasn't just made lemonade out of lemons during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has for the sake of an analogy, deployed virtual lemonade stands across the world. And event organisers,

Will writing a book make my business grow?

How to write your own future to lure new leads and clients. A quick guide to self-publishing and time management. Dear Couch, Can I write my own future? Can becoming self-published help my business grow and how do I find the time to

Trump’s next move

Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been vandalised two times since he has been President, according to news reports. But like his Tweets, the Star keeps coming back for more time in the limelight. Will we be able to say

Solopreneurs snubbed by Treasury

The UK's furlough scheme, which will be extended in full (80% of salary) until the end of March, with the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant increased to 80% of profits for November to January, up to a maximum of £7,500,

Student gigs sector heats up in Lockdown

Companies providing remote working opportunities for students make up a fast-growing new sector, according to a report by Osborne Clarke's Workforce Solutions Sector practice. With the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating the digitalisation

Netflix for free?

For most of us, money is tight, and with the latest national Lockdown in place and socialising it a no-no, knowing Netflix offers a selection of TV programmes and films to watch for free, is welcome good news in these crazy times. The

Broke And Without a Buzz

Dear Couch, Help! I’m broke, However, I need to create a buzz about my business to generate new leads. I can't afford a social media expert or an advertising budget right now. What do I do? Sincerely, Broke without a Buzz