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This week’s freelancer news round-up

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Stories impacting freelancers that caught our eye this week.

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To spec or not to spec: the question facing many freelancers when interviewing for a new client or project. Here are some tips to help you decide:

A job you’re interviewing for requires unpaid work. What should you do? – PR Daily

The alleged umbrella company skimming debate continues

FCSA’s Liquid Friday’s Huge Hidden Profits- Are They Legal? – Contractor Voice

Contractor Voice has also posted on its LinkedIn page that the umbrella is advertising its online portal as ‘free’ but then allegedly charges £2/week for it under “employment costs”.

How self-employed professionals can prepare for time off at Christmas

IPSE research reveals that many self-employed individuals could improve their business, and wellbeing, by taking more time off, with one in ten taking no days away from work in the last 12 months. And the festive season means your clients will probably also be winding down over the holidays, so there’s less pressure to rush back to tasks until the New Year.

How self-employed professionals can prepare for Christmas | IPSE

Freelancer turned her PowerPoint making side hustle into a $1 million business

Upwork freelancers Courtney Allen shares the lessons she wishes she’d known at the start of her journey

This Upwork Freelancer Turned Her PowerPoint Making Side-Hustle Into a $1 Million Business. Here’s How She Did It – Essence

Meet the creatives and freelancers thriving in a former steelworks in Sheffield

Creatives and freelancers have made a former steelworks their new hub of creativity and they look forward to meeting you on Small Business Saturday.

Meet the creatives and freelancers thriving in a former steelworks in Sheffield – YorkshireLive (examinerlive.co.uk)

Non-US Upwork freelancers must fill out tax form or see pay held

Networking Event for Self-Employed Living and Working with a Disability (Manchester)

On the 7th of December EnterprisingYou is hosting a business networking event solely for the self-employed and entrepreneurs of Greater Manchester who are living and working with a disability. They also welcome those who are thinking of setting up a business.

Events for the Self-Employed in Greater Manchester | EnterprisingYou (enterprising-you.co.uk)

Creating a lifestyle business: can it beat being a unicorn?

Small business PR and news platform, Newspage, identified 52 businesses that aren’t out to make millions, or have a “VC steal their soul” but are in it simply to generate enough money to give them a decent and independent lifestyle so they can enjoy life. Is your freelance business giving you the lifestyle you want or are you still working on reaching unicorn status?

Can creating a lifestyle business beat being a unicorn? – Freelance Informer

Dutch contractors in demand with great pay

Market research involving 320 freelance managers by recruitment agency Schaekel & Partners showed that external managers are still much in demand and costs for their services are rising steadily.

Read more at DutchNews.nl:

Government too quick to hire expensive freelance managers – DutchNews.nl

Number of self-employed property professionals is dropping

Levels of self-employment in the property sector have remained largely static across the last five years while the number of fully employed property professionals has risen 17%, GetAgent analysis has revealed.

Analysis shows low number of self-employed property professionals – Property Industry Eye

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