The Independent Life

Meet the Hubsters: How hotdesking is escaping the cities

Back in November, inflation in the UK hit its highest level in two years, prompting IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) to release public statements of concern. “There has been downward pressure on freelancers’ average day rates in the past quarter,” said their economics adviser, Lorence Nye, “with more than half of freelancers also […]

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Christmas for freelancers: a time for bonuses galore!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – a time of goodwill to all peeps, of geese getting fat, and freelancers wondering whether there’s any way of making a little extra while their clients are all in hibernation. Rejoice, good folk, for the taxman isn’t as miserly as you might think – in fact, HMRC […]

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10 tech tools to kickstart your freelance life

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and embrace the freelance life. Good on you! It’s tough work, but as most of us will tell you, the rewards are worth it. Since you’re taking it seriously and you’re not going to work for free (because we don’t do that anymore), we thought it might be […]

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New York passes ‘Freelance Isn’t Free Act’, UK responds with #NoFreeWork

The internet offers freelancers many things, from tools with which to do their work through to sites that help them find that work. It also helps them to come together as a community, and never more so than this week. The international freelance community has been in full voice over the last few days, initially celebrating the ‘Freelance Isn’t […]

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Hot-desking in Birmingham: 7 top spots

As regular readers will know, we recently opened an office in Birmingham, which means that some of the articles on our blog were created with the intention of helping out the Brummie freelance community as best we can. Last year we looked at hot-desking in London, so this week we’ve turned out attentions to the pumping […]

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“Flexible working will become the norm” – we chat with Vodafone’s Nick Wilsdon

Last week we looked at how the ‘gig economy’ is benefitting the country’s freelancers. In a follow-up interview, we chat with digital marketing guru, Nick Wilsdon – founder of E3 Business Incubator and Global Channel Optimisation Lead at Vodafone Group. For two decades, Wilsdon has been recognised as an expert in search engine optimisation, being one […]

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How the UK’s freelancers are benefitting from the ‘gig economy’

In these times of financial uncertainty, one thing seems to be clear: those working in the so-called ‘gig economy’ are really finding their way forward. Matt Roberts, chief executive of In Touch Networks, recently noted that “40% of Americans will be self-employed by 2020“, and both he and a recently study entitled Way We Work suggest […]

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Birmingham’s best coffee shops for freelancers

This time last year we received a lot of praise and thanks for our article on London’s best coffee shops for freelancers, an article that was as fun to write as it was caffeine-fuelled. In fact, it’s only in the last month or so that our pulse rates have returned to normal – which means […]

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Creative freelancers: which UK city is best for you?

Before we begin this week’s blog post, given the title, we should point out that we recognise that not all freelancers work in the creative industries – there’s no need to write in and complain! However, we thought this report from Nesta was too interesting to pass unnoticed. One of the joys of freelancing has […]

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