The Independent Life

Pensions for freelancers and contractors: everything you need to know

Launching your own business is about starting something new and fresh. It’s very much a beginning, so the idea of bringing it all to a close and retiring is probably about the furthest thing from your mind. However, as we found out when we chatted with Alex Caulder – an expert on pensions for freelancers […]

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Why 76% of UK’s freelancers & contractors have no means to cover sick pay

Fascinating news broke yesterday ahead of the publication of the forthcoming Taylor Review (an official report into employment practices in the modern economy led by the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, Matthew Taylor), suggesting that three-quarters (76%) of the UK’s micro businesses aren’t set up to deal with extended sick leave.  While […]

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The freelance life: what stresses you?

At any given get-together of freelancers or self-employed people, one question will inevitably rise: what is it about the freelance life that you find difficult? A recent survey by Aldermore suggests that what people expect to be stressed out by before they go freelance, and what they’re actually stressed out by once they’re on that road differs […]

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Dublin’s best coffee shops for freelancers

Every year we like to spend as much time as is humanly possible drinking all the caffeine in a given city. The city of choice is chosen largely based on us setting up shop there, so it’s as much a celebration of our own modest expansion as it is the coffee itself. However, we’ve been […]

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UK freelancers ‘sick’ of paperwork… literally!

Sick of doing your accounting? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to a report by Nesta, almost 1 in 5 self-employed people in the UK have been so stressed by their financial paperwork that they’ve become unwell. And before you start shouting things about people needing to pull themselves together, consider this: the same report […]

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Why are so many SME’s turning to freelancers? The answers are in!

“Ten years ago the majority of businesses cited local staff as their main source of employees,” says PeoplePerHour founder, Xenios Thrasyvoulou. “Now the majority cite freelancers as their main source of hiring. This turnaround has been rapid and the change has taken some by surprise – perhaps this accounts for the recent fracas around the […]

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Can you make money blogging? We asked a man who does it every day

Making good use of the digital marketing tools available to freelancers is something we’re always interested in. In the past, we’ve chatted with a variety of clients and friends on this blog, and this week we were delighted to catch up with Matt Pike of Buckets & Spades to find out whether there’s any truth to the […]

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The rise of the portfolio career: why settle for one job for life?

“In my day,” began my grandmother for the umpteenth time over the Christmas dinner table, “we didn’t wander around with our noses stuck to our phones. We went out and we noticed the world.” Ah, yes indeed – the age-old ‘things have changed’ conversation. Ironically, it’s perhaps one of the few things to have remained the […]

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7 New Year’s resolutions for freelancing in 2017

It’s that time of year, isn’t it, so it’d be remiss of us not to get our listicles out and wave them all about, ushering in a happy new year. So here we go: resolutions for freelancing in 2017, based on things we’ve learnt from writing this blog over the last year. We’ll meet you […]

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