Increase freelancer productivity

How companies can help increase freelancer productivity

Even if you’re self-employed, there are numerous steps your clients can take that will help increase freelancer productivity. Companies often use freelancers as strategic assets to support their existing processes and staff, with an additional specialist skill set. However, businesses operate in different ways, and some common practices or oversights can easily sap a freelancer’s…

Are the costs of freelancing about to rise?

The costs of freelancing are set to rise in the immediate future. This is according to 92% of freelancers surveyed by The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE). It was the headline statistic from their Freelancer Confidence Index, which sampled a large group of UK-based freelancers in May and June 2017 Speculating on the causes…

Do creative freelancers need more Government protection?

An influential report from the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) – which surveyed 700 creative freelancers – has recommended the government do more to offer them protection. The creative industries are the fastest growing sector of the economy. And, with 47% of the people in these industries being freelance, it’s clear to see that the government…

3 financial tips for becoming an international freelancer

Becoming an international freelancer is an effective means of diversifying your operations. In today’s digital world, working across borders is easier than ever. Your client can benefit from your specific expertise or local connections, while you can make your services available to a whole new market. But, snapping out of the status quo and setting yourself up…

Holidays for freelancers: Preparing yourself and your finances

Taking holidays for freelancers can be a complex yet rewarding experience. Everyone needs a break every now and again. But, when you’re running your own business, taking a holiday requires additional planning and a healthy attitude towards downtime. Here, we’ll take a look at why holidays are so important for freelancers. And, tell you how to…

Peers urge delay to Making Tax Digital

Members of the House of Lords (HoL) have urged the Government to delay implementation of the new Making Tax Digital scheme. Peers have asked that the initiative be delayed until 2020, following the conclusion of a comprehensive pilot scheme. What concerns do peers have about Making Tax Digital? HoL representatives have described the Government’s predicted “tax…

Why do a third of freelance journalists need state benefits?

New research from The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) has found that 36% of freelance journalists are claiming some form of state benefit or tax credit. This is compared to just 17% of full-time journalists. Among the most frequently cited reasons for claiming state benefits or tax credits was clients’ propensity to…