Freelancer

Five Reasons Why Being a Freelancer Rocks

Freelancer

Although the COVID19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has hit many self-employed people hard - let's take the opportunity to celebrate the positive reasons for going, or remaining, part of the UK’s incredible freelance community.

Here are our top five reasons why being a freelancer rocks...

You are the master of your own destiny 

Despite the uncertainty that lockdown has created, with lost contracts and parked new business meetings the norm, being a freelancer still offers you more control than being employed.  Employment can appear to be the more stable choice, but in many cases, staff members work with constant threats of redundancy due to the streamlining of departments, cost cuttings and lost contracts. 

And, while furlough may appear to be an extended holiday, many freelancers have used their spare time in lockdown to work on their business models, improve their skills and mindsets, look for new clients and widen their contacts book. 

Freelancing can be hugely empowering when you think of it that way. You are always the master of your own destiny and never have to worry about being out of a job. 

There is no salary cap

Unlike employment where there are usually strict salary caps for most roles, there is no glass ceiling for freelancers.  Your earnings reflect your hard work, your focus, and your passion, and you can make the decisions when it comes to how much you charge and how much time off you have.  

It may be a wild ride on occasion, but having a more hands-on approach to your finances can be a very positive thing. 

You can work around your other commitments 

Although employment overall is becoming more flexible as tech improves and attitudes towards the nine-to five-day change, being a freelancer means you have ultimate control over when you work and how you spend your day. 

Sure, there will be deadlines, and sure you’ll be busy with client work, but freelancing allows you to design your life around other commitments. You may have taken to the leap into freelancing for this very reason - so if you want to pick your kids up from school, walk your dog, work on a side hustle, give time to a charity project, take up a hobby or simply support family members and friends, freelancing will give you the freedom to do it. 

Employment will simply never be as flexible as freelancing, and having this level of control will also help with your mental wellbeing and work-life balance. 

You are part of an incredible collaborative community 

The UK’s freelance community is an incredible thing to be a part of. Freelancers are always happy to collaborate, share resources, pass work around and support each other. 

The Freelance Kit’s Facebook group has become a great place for members to share tips, resources, links, free training, post supportive info and ask questions. 

Even though you may not always have colleagues to bounce ideas off - social platforms and groups step in to provide this function for the freelance community. 

You could be the answer to business success in a post COVID19 world 

Although we are all unsure about the future to some extent, freelancing could prove to be a huge part of the business re-build when things start moving on again. Lots of businesses will prefer to turn to agile freelance support giving them much more flexibility whilst business is rebuilt. 

Freelancers are hugely talented, very experienced and can provide services on a cost-effective, project-based basis for businesses, without the large agency costs or the requirement to hire a new employee. 

Things may seem bleak and uncertain for some, but don’t lose heart - keep pushing, keep reaching out and stay positive.  The rainbow after the storm is on its way! 

You can join our FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community here. 

And grab your FREE Ultimate Freelance Guide here,The Ultimate Freelance Guide 2020 with 45 top tools and tips from our community.

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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7 Ways For Freelancers to Weather the Covid19 Storm

Seven Ways for Freelancers to Weather the COVID-19 Storm 

The freelance and self-employed community is well equipped to survive working from home for prolonged periods, but the business closures and lockdown situation due to COVID-19 has already had a devastating effect on many sectors. 

So, in this shaky and uncertain climate, and in this unprecedented global situation, what can freelancers do to weather the storm and prevail?

Here are seven ideas that may help...

  • Think about alternative options for work 

Firstly, if you have lost clients or feel like this could be a possibility, it’s important that you find more work - and fast! There are still opportunities out there and freelancers are pulling together online to pass work to each other. 

Facebook has some brilliant groups for different sectors and skill sets - Freelance PR Jobs for PR’s for example, or No 1 Freelance Media Women for writers, and there are larger all-encompassing groups like Freelance Heroes. There are also platforms for freelance work, such as The PR Cavalry and People Per Hour and lots of regional business and networking groups to tap into. 

Check in with old clients and contacts, you never know who might need a hand as things change on a daily basis, and check Twitter and LinkedIn for leads by searching for freelance jobs hashtags and using specific jobs terms in the search option. 

Lastly, try calling recruitment agencies who are looking for emergency freelance support across a variety of sectors.

Whilst we know that many businesses have taken a hit, others have pivoted their offer to create products to help during the crisis. Some sectors are even seeing huge sales uplifts,  especially those in wellbeing and fitness, home furnishings, tech, some food and drink and home entertainment. So, don’t lose heart completely, have a think about the businesses who might actually be busier as a result of the crisis and in need of support. 

  • Look for different ways to support your existing clients

Some businesses may have to reduce output, but will need to carry on and try to weather the storm the best they can if they are to come out the other side. 

Many companies will have had to furlough staff, or have shortages due to illness, so there will be opportunities to offer up your services to help out where you can and plug the gaps with flexible support. This might mean using your transferable skills to do something you don’t usually do, the key is to be flexible and be willing to roll your sleeves up. 

  • Work out a survival budget

Whilst it’s always great advice to have some money saved up to cope with any sudden loss of business, it’s not always the reality for many of the nation’s freelancers. 

Regardless of your savings situation, do a quick inventory of the money that you do have, and think about what bills and payments are necessary, which can be postponed, and which things are easily cancelled for now. Have a look through your direct debits and standing orders and cancel any unnecessary subscriptions or things you don’t use. Councils are starting to offer council tax breaks for those who have lost work because of the crisis, so speak to them early and find out what help you can get. 

Call your creditors and arrange payment breaks, most are now offering some sort of help, whether that’s a payment holiday, reduced or interest-only payments. You can also speak to your landlord or mortgage firm to ask if a payment holiday is possible. Again, do this as soon as possible so you know what your options are, don’t wait until you just can’t pay. By applying for a mortgage holiday properly, it shouldn't impact on your credit rating, but if you just cancel the direct debit or don't make the payment, it will.  

  • Find out what you’re entitled to

The government has now announced a self-employed rescue package that has left many freelancers, and those with Limited Companies, in the lurch and quite confused about what they’re entitled to. 

At the time of writing, petitions have already been set-up to lobby the Chancellor to offer more support for the self-employed and those running their freelance businesses as Limited Companies. On the flip side, some self-employed freelancers will be able to access up to £2,500 per month. 

Financial support options currently include the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan which will be delivered by the British Business Bank, however some applicants are reporting that you must have a turnover of over £100k ,which won’t be the case for most freelancers.  

For the self-employed not eligible for statutory sick pay, Contributory Employment and Support Allowance will be payable, at a rate of £73.10 a week if you are over 25, for eligible people affected by Coronavirus or self-isolating in-line with official advice. This will be payable from day one of sickness, rather than day eight which is usually the case.  

To summarise the help that freelancers can claim:

For sole traders - Income support, Universal Credit, Self-assessment/tax deferral scheme and a taxable grant of up to £2,500 per month depending on profits (available from June) and possibly the Business Interruption Loan. 

For Directors of Limited Companies - It has now been confirmed that you can furlough yourself and claim 80% of your PAYE salary but NOT dividends. Directors will also be able to defer tax and VAT and those in premises already receiving small business rates relief will be eligible for a grant of up to £25,000. The Business Interruption Loan may be an option depending on your turnover and Universal Credit for those who don’t pay themselves a PAYE salary. 

You can read more about the ever-changing government support for small businesses here

  • Help each other 

As a freelancer, you’ll be well versed in working from home and coping with isolation, self-motivation, time-management and looking after your wellbeing, but remember to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues who might have had a harder time adjusting. Helping our fellow humans is essential in times like this, and it will help you to feel empowered and in control, too….

There are Facebook groups popping up for local Covid-19 Mutual Aid, so if you are able to help, consider seeing how you may be able to provide assistance for vulnerable neighbours or elderly members of the community.

Freelancers can stay connected to each other and chat about issues affecting them by joining Facebook groups, which all help to bolster the feeling of community amongst the self employed. The Freelance Kit has a free closed group which allows members to ask questions and share advice in a private environment. You can access the group here

  • Stay connected but look after your mental health 

It goes without saying, but staying in touch with friends and family is more important than ever right now. Human contact, even via video call, is crucial to maintain sanity and ensure we all stay connected as much as possible. 

However, as much as it’s important to stay in touch, make sure that you also take the time to have phone and device breaks, switch off, leave the social media feeds alone before bed and get enough sleep. There is so much information out there right now and it can become confusing and overwhelming and impact our anxiety levels. Having a digital detox period every day is really beneficial for your wellbeing and mental health. 

If you feel stressed out, don’t bottle it up - speak to your friends and family and vent/ask for advice in freelance community groups. 

  • Use the time to rest, plan and think! 

Whilst the situation is scary and uncertain financially, try not to panic and go into frantic survival mode. We’re going through a life changing experience which will undoubtedly leave us in a very different world when the crisis has passed, so it’s important to think strategically about what’s next for you. What is your business vision, what is it that you really want to achieve? 

Also, it’s OK to rest! Most self-employed people are always on the go, always on to the next thing, but treat the time as a gift and a chance to rest and recuperate. Look after your health as a priority, catch up on sleep and switch off from the news and social media as often as possible. 

Stay safe and well. 

Nikki Kitchen, Founder of The Freelance Kit

You can find our top 45 tools and tips for working from home and managing your freelance business in a handy FREE downloadable guide HERE. We also have a FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community, join HERE

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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Six ways that freelancers can future-proof their business during Covid-19

Six ways that freelancers can future-proof their business during Covid-19 by our Founder, Nikki Kitchen. 

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and the subsequent effect on businesses has hit the freelance economy hard, with many clients cutting their freelance support overnight. 

A recent survey of PR freelancers by the PR Calvary has found that half of the participants have lost 60 % of their income, and many of them cannot claim the rescue package help from the government in June, due to their length of time in business or the nature of their business set-up. 

Although there is some good news, with several fortunate freelancers reporting new business wins, most people are finding that they suddenly have a lot of spare time on their hands. 

With that in mind, here are six things that you can do to survive and future-proof your business during the Covid-19 crisis. 

  • Start to think strategically for the future and get your house in order 

The freelance and gig economy has grown exponentially over the last few years, with nearly 64% of businesses employing freelance support. In 2017, People Per Hour Founder Xenios Thrasyvoulou, predicted that half the UK workforce would be freelance by the end of 2020, and whilst a lot of freelancers have lost work, as the crisis starts to ease businesses are more likely to turn to flexible, agile support rather than employing full-time staff. 

Until things start to get back to the new ‘normal’, it’s a great opportunity to work on your business rather than in it. Do you have a strong portfolio, and is your website up-to date? Use the extra time to get your house in order so you’re ready to go when new opportunities start to appear. 

Do you have robust terms and conditions in place? Do you need to rethink how to structure your business? Lots of freelancers rely on a couple of big clients for their income and that isn't the best approach because they can (and have!) disappeared quite literally overnight. Of course, it’s easier said than done to try and secure new clients right now, but when it does start to pick up, which it will, work towards creating more balance in your business so you’re not so reliant on one or two clients. 

One thing that this extraordinary situation has taught freelancers is that anything can happen, whether that be a global pandemic or a personal crisis, now is the time to think about how to protect yourself going forward. 

  • Learn new skills

Whilst we’re all probably a bit sick of being productivity shamed (what’s wrong with daytime drinking and Netflix bingeing anyway?) if you do want to use the time to upskill, there are some amazing free and heavily discounted courses available. 

Google’s Digital Garage is a fantastic place to start and I highly recommend the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing course with 26 modules covering SEO, SEM, social media, and content marketing. You can complete it at your own pace, and the modules will be of great use to most freelancers. 

Udemy has some incredible courses which have all been heavily reduced and Jolt London offers specific courses for start-up businesses led by world-class experts. The Open University is also offering a variety of free courses. 

The PRCA and CIPR are both offering free webinar series and short courses to help PR freelancers navigate the crisis as they go along. 

  • Set business goals

Although it might feel tricky to set goals when we don’t know what the heck is going on (or what the world will look like when this crisis finally starts to pass), you can start to think about what you really want for your business. Why did you start freelancing in the first place? What type of clients do you want to work with? 

Start to reflect on your freelance career and be honest about your achievements - have you been going in the right direction, and on the right trajectory? Do you want to increase retained monthly earnings by a certain percentage? Attract different clients from new sectors? Write a book, start a podcast, or branch out into a new area? Write down your goals for the year and break them down into quarterly and monthly actions where you can. 

So often, we can get caught up in just paying the bills and forget about the work we’re really passionate about, so use this time to get clear on your ‘why’ and what’s next for you. 

  • Work on your mindset and focus

Most freelancers and business owners have been through a whirlwind of emotions during the crisis, from anger to anxiety, to grief to acceptance and back again! Members of The Freelance Kit community have reported various mental challenges, but many seem to be arriving at a positive place of acceptance and have started to have more of a growth mindset. As a side note though, it’s totally fine if you aren't in that place, right now is the time to be kind to yourself and go at your own pace. 

The Freelance Kit is running a free weekly Facebook Live expert interview series and we spoke to qualified business and freelancer coach, Matt Essam about the future of freelancing. 

Matt commented that this situation was a “great time to pause and reflect” and think about your business and where it is going. He also talked about how we can use this time to change our mindset from focusing on what we ‘do’, to focus on how we can solve problems for our clients (and future clients!). 

For example, by offering a free brand audit, you put yourself in a stronger position to deliver the actual work and position yourself as the knowledgeable guide solving a problem the client didn’t know they had. 

Think about who you can approach, both previous and potential clients, and what problems you can solve right now. Start with a list of five contacts and see what happens, there might not be paid work immediately, but you’ll be first in mind when there is. 

You can join our free community here where all of the Live videos are available to watch. We’ve already had weekly expert interviews on mindset, finding purpose, and mental health and have upcoming discussions about accounting and marketing your freelance business during the crisis. 

  • Collaborate 

Now is the perfect time to look for collaboration opportunities or expand your network. By reaching out to other freelancers, you never know what opportunities you might be able to access or help out with, or they may be able to introduce you to other clients and connections looking for support. 

Starting to reach out in an authentic way right now will build relationships for the future, so think about other freelance skill sets that your skills complement. For example, are you a graphic designer who might be able to help a PR with social media content, or a digital marketing whizz able to help a traditional marketer take a business online?

The best place to start is in freelance social media groups, there are tons of brilliant ones including Freelance PR’s, The Northern Creative Collective and The Freelance Kit. All are safe and supportive spaces where you can look for opportunities to collaborate and start building a network of like-minded people. 

  • Rest and recharge! 

Now the initial panic is (hopefully!) starting to pass, we can start to reframe the extra time as an opportunity to just rest and ‘be’, so sleep, relax and do what makes you happy.

Ditch the screen time, take the dog out, do some yoga and leave the phone charging while you spend some time in the garden with the kids. 

Resting and recharging your batteries will do you the world of good, so when the crisis has passed you can come out fighting and raring to go.

Stay well.

Nikki x 

Nikki Kitchen

Grab your FREE Ultimate Guide to Freelancing HERE. And join our FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community, join here. 

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier. 

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Freelancer Of The Week - Beccy Gibson From Tempt Marketing

Freelancer Of The Week

Our new series features freelancers from our community and we talk about how they've coped during the crisis and their predictions for the future.

First up is Beccy Gibson from Tempt Marketing, a specialist hospitality marketing agency based in Manchester.

What's your background and what do you do now?

I run a business, Tempt Marketing which specialises in Marketing & PR projects for the hospitality & events industry.

I have an MSc in International Events and Conference Management, a professional diploma with The Chartered Institute of Marketing and over 13 years’ experience in the sector – which includes operations, events, sales and marketing for venues, suppliers, events across the country. I set up Tempt Marketing in summer 2018 with the mind-set to offer businesses the marketing & PR strategy and activities they need to help them engage with their consumers and raise the profile of their brand.

I’m also on the national board for The Female Hospitality Network, and a support volunteer for Samaritans.

How have you been affected by the crisis?

Around two weeks before ‘lockdown’, when Boris Johnson advised the public to stay away from restaurants, pubs and cafes, in the space of about 5 days I lost all my clients! Current retainers placed pause, and any planned campaigns were postponed to ‘god knows when’. I went into panic mode, then - applied to various entry level jobs.

Since then, an awful lot has happened. The pandemic worsened so instead of feeling worried about my income, I was more grateful to be healthy and safe. The state of the economy also went (and still is) in meltdown, but unlike before it’s now all sectors, and the government have out some provisions in place.

I’ve spent the time learning, dining some voluntary PR work and picking up conversations with old contacts or previous clients. In the past two weeks, I’ve actually picked up three client projects which I can work on from home. It’s really given me a sense of purpose again, and some positivity that there is business out there. (Two of these are hospitality clients, the other is hospitality supplier who’ve pivoted to enter a different market)

How are you feeling and what have you done during the crisis to stay sane and manage your mental health?

I think every week is a bit of a rollercoaster. At first, I was sad, then panicked, now I feel much more at ease and used to this style of routine. I still plan my week in advance, however I’ve found I’m nowhere near as productive or focussed as I’d like to be, although I recognise there’s worse things.

I’ve been keeping sane / looking after my mental health by running. I’m a big exercise fan anyway (for both physical and mental reasons) but since lockdown I’ve really been making the most of my hours' exercise by running outside and taking in the fresh air. The weather’s been great for it, and where I live there are some real picturesque spots. I’ve also been speaking to my friends and family on Zoom and Houseparty, then just taking some time to read / potter about, and just generally give my brain a bit of a rest. At first, I was strapped to ALL the new updates, but I try to check these less regularly the intense negativity was getting too much. (I think we've all felt it!)

What did your normal day look like before and what does it look like now?

Previous to all this, I’d spend almost every day of the week, ‘on the go’. I’d get up at 6am, then either be in meetings in Manchester or deep in project work then be at a networking event or working on my laptop until silly o’clock. I’m grateful for the gift of time right now, I’ve been getting a decent night’s sleep each night, I’ve had time to touch base with friends I wouldn’t normally speak to so often and I’ve used to time to read / learn but also just chill out. I miss the hustle of the city, the endless opportunities and my co-working community but I’ve actually realised that I don’t want to go back to rushing around, feeling stressed and working late on a daily basis. I’d like to think I’ll manage my time more effectively when life returns back to ’normal’. (She says, sat on her laptop at 9pm!)

How do you see things changing after the lockdown is lifted and for the future in your industry and beyond? 

The landscape of the hospitality and event industry is very unclear currently, with social distancing measure likely to continue for quite some time, the nature and experience will no doubt change. I imagine many more restaurants and bars will focus on a ‘retail' way of working, whilst still trying to keep a community of consumers. Businesses will have to communicate these updates along with a huge amount of reassurance to both their staff and customers. With this, there could be some opportunity but with smaller budgets. As I have already, I’m prepared to collaborate with others and diversify my services to help keep the business alive. I’ve been regularly attending webinars and virtual events to make sure I’m up to speed with key thoughts, procedures and changes within marketing, PR and hospitality.

Freelancer of the week
Beccy Gibson

Thank you Beccy for taking part and you can check out her business Tempt Marketing here. 

You can join our FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community here. 

And grab your FREE Ultimate Freelance Guide here,The Ultimate Freelance Guide 2020 with 45 top tools and tips from our community.

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier. 

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Freelancer of The Week Yolanda Copes-Stepney

Freelancer of The Week

This week we spoke to Yolanda Copes-Stepney whose background is in PR, events and digital content. Yolanda has just launched an incredible series of events “Speak On Presents: How To Be Anti-Racist” which runs from tonight, 14 July at 6.30pm – 17 July and 21 -23 July.

Speak On Presents: How To Be Anti-Racist

 

Beyond the Black Square
How to be Anti-Racist

A series of online events including talks and panel discussions designed to support and educate people committed to being anti-racist.

” We know it’s not enough to be non-racist, we have to be anti-racist and we’re providing a safe space for people to ask questions”

Speak On have bought together psychologists, academics, activists and more to lead the sessions which will include learning how to talk to explain racism to children of all ethnicities, to processing the shocking images you’ve seen on social media, through to how to help your friends with racial trauma.

Speakers include: Richie Brave, Dr Vanessa Boachie, Dr Yvette Arthur, Vix Meldrew, Ama Peters and many more.

Along with running Speak On, Yolanda owns Speak & Do, a digital media agency which specialises in influencer management, booking and brand partnerships, and also content creation including campaigns and events. And if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Yolanda is founder of the Festival Of Confidence, an event series for women designed to build and celebrate confidence, which also has a podcast and YouTube show!

Yolanda Copes-Stepney

 

How have you been affected by the crisis and lockdown? 

One of my brands was being acquired, but that fell through because of COVID. It was a bit sad, but something that we’ll revisit in the future.

I went on furlough from Speak&Do because brands weren’t booking many campaigns. My sister has been taking care of the ongoing deals while I work on my other brands, Speak On and planning for Festival Of Confidence.

How are you feeling and what have you done to manage your mental health?

I’m all good to be honest. I’ve been working out, chatting so much on the phone and video calls A LOT.

I’ve recorded a Podcast and spent time restructuring and sorting out my other companies.

At the beginning I did have a few moments of disbelief and mild peril, but adjusted fairly quickly. I have been working flat out for years, so this gave me the forced break I needed. It’s made me realign and going forward, I am only working four days a week.

What did your normal day look like before and what does it look like now?

Then

Daytime

Work from 8/9am – 6pm, sometimes later. Or I would spread my work out over the whole day with breaks for walks, chat and working out. I work from The Curtain or Shoreditch House. Evenings- Could be any of the following: Cinema, drinks with friends, Soho House or The Curtain events (they have a great selection of things to do), brand events with talent clients. Sofa, films and wine.

Now:

Up at around 8am, a lot of mincing in tracksuits, workouts occasionally (sometimes I am bang on it, other times I am very committed to being on my sofa all day) Around 4 – 5 hours of work 3-4 days a week, a lot of podcasts, audio books and I am pretty sure I’ve completed Netflix.

What do you predict for your industry post lockdown and Covid19? 

⁃Content creators will overtake generic “influencers”, comedians who have been doing the lord’s work when it comes to making us laugh and entertaining us during these times will have increased value at influencers.

⁃Campaigns will have more diversity and inclusion, which is great because I truly have been having this fight with brands since 2016.

⁃Activists and advocate influencers will become more relevant.

⁃Some agencies will give up their offices and the sector will have more digital nomads with staff based globally.

⁃For a while, working hours and opening hours will decrease as we all want work/life balance.

⁃Brands will consult more on content instead of just relying on the echo chamber of their offices in an effort to strike the correct balance with campaigns.

Thank you Yolanda for taking part.

 

You can join our FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community here. 

And grab your FREE Ultimate Freelance Guide here,The Ultimate Freelance Guide 2020 with 45 top tools and tips from our community.

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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Freelancer Of The Week - Margaret Etudo

Freelancer Of The Week

Our new series features freelancers from our community.

This week we spoke to Margaret Etudo, a medical copy writer from Nigeria. Margaret has just had her first piece of work published here and her Instagram handle is @tuddoss_writes 

What's your background and what do you do now?

I am currently studying Pharmacy and I'm also a Medical Copywriter. I help health-related businesses to increase their profits through my effective sales copy.

Have you been affected by the crisis?

Well, yes I have. I am not going to school at the moment and I'm also getting claustrophobic with the whole stay-at-home madness. Asides from that, it has been pretty good and relaxing and waking up to anything but an alarm clock.

How are you feeling and what have you done during the crisis to manage your mental health?

I'm not too happy at the moment with what is going on globally. There's distraught among Nigerian citizens against female abuse. That is pretty upsetting. I try to read calming articles, improve myself and listen to music that calms my mind.

What did your normal day look like before and what does it look like now?

It was pretty much go to school, read a lot and rest. That was because I needed to obtain fantastic grades in Pharmacy school. After the lockdown began, I didn't pay much attention to my books, I started to do something more. That's when I ventured into freelancing and that's the one decision I will never regret. It has made me see so much more in me than academics. My communication skills have improved by 200%, and I even developed a better understanding of EQ.

What is your biggest achievement? 

My biggest achievement is becoming a versatile person.  I have been able to boost my resume with skills that every company is looking for. Not only do I have an exceptional IQ, but I've also learnt leadership skills, marketing skills, communication skills, and IT skills.

These are things I couldn't get in my education, and I'm happy I acquired them in this short period.

 

Thank you Margaret for taking part.

You can join our FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community here. 

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Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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10 tips for becoming a digital nomad

Let’s face it, owning a house is out of reach for many millennial nowadays, so the thought of working remotely from a Balinese beach and earning money at the same time is pretty appealing, so more and more people are making the leap and becoming a digital nomad. Recent figures suggest that around four million Brits work from home, so taking the next step and working from an AirBnB in Barcelona isn’t necessarily a huge stretch.

Fully connected virtual offices and huge leaps in remote technology means that anyone can work from anywhere nowadays, but before you take the leap and book that round-the world ticket, starting with the yoga retreat with super fast WiFi in Koh Phagnam, there are a few things to consider...

Whether you want to put your stuff in storage, sell your car and embark on a fully fledged digital nomadic lifestyle, or you just fancy taking a few working holidays to get away from the grey winter skies, here are our top ten tips for taking the leap to becoming a fully fledged digital nomad in 2018.

1. Go fully digital - if you haven’t already, you’ll need to take your business fully online and get rid of any paper products or filing systems you may have in your home office or setup. Make sure you have Cloud storage, get yourself a decent VPN (Virtual Private Network) and research solutions that can help you ditch any tangible stuff that may hold you back. Apps such as Basecamp for to-do lists, planning and keeping clients up to date, Dropbox for file storage and Toggl for time management are all worth looking into.

2. Engage your clients - It goes without saying that you’ll need to have your clients onboard if you decide to leave the country for a few weeks, months or even permanently! The digital nomadic lifestyle is still considered to be pretty extreme by more traditional business people, so you may have to convince them that Skype updates and Basecamp will be just as efficient as face-to-face meetings once a month, printable agendas and paper reports.

3. Invest in your equipment - If you are travelling and working, you are only as good as your kit will allow you to be, so it is well worth investing some money into some seriously hardy equipment.

Every freelancer’s needs are different, but chances are you’ll need a decent unlocked mobile phone that will work in any country and on any network, with a variety of SIM cards if necessary. You’ll also need a great laptop with a decent length of time between charges, a Skype headset to interact with clients, customers and team members, a tablet, extra chargers and plug adapters for every country on your dream list. If you plan to work on the beach (which isn’t always as idyllic as it sounds!) then look into waterproof/sandproof covers and cases for all of your tech.

4. Plan plan plan - It sounds romantic and pretty exciting to jet off into the sunset armed with only a dream and a copy of Eat, Pray, Love, but it’s probably better to do some serious planning if you want to maintain a professional service on the move.

Join Facebook groups and read books and articles to get a good feel for your new lifestyle, and make sure you research you accommodation well to make sure it is well connected and has fast, reliable WiFi. Buy travel insurance that will cover all your equipment in case anything happens, and make sure that you have your work life planned out so you can meet deadlines easily and join in with any pre-arranged conference calls and virtual meetings. Don’t forget to take the time difference info account for each country you plan to visit!

5. It’s all about the money... It may be boring, but it’s worth investing a little time to understand the financial side of your new lifestyle. Being a digital nomad may allow you to be location-independent, but you will still have to pay your taxes and manage your money like everyone else.

If you plan to remain to be a UK resident, you’ll have to pay your taxes via self-assessment as always, but if you plan to spend more time out of the country then you’ll have to do some serious research into each country’s tax laws and regulations. Chances are you won’t have to pay double taxes (as the UK has a double taxation treaty with many countries) but some places do insist that you pay tax on anything you earn while living there. Each case is different, but don’t forget to do your homework - or check with your accountant!

It also goes without saying that you’ll have to do all of your banking online, so make sure you’re all set up and inform your bank of your travel plans before you embark on your journey.

There are many solutions for carrying and spending your money on the go, but investing in a travel money card that acts as a MasterCard while abroad is a simple yet safe solution. Many such cards let you lock them by SMS and move funds back into your bank account should it be stolen or misplaced.

6. Research co-working spaces

Co-working spaces for digital nomads are cropping up all over the world, and if you want to make friends, join a community or just talk to other humans while you’re typing away, these spaces are for you.

One useful tip is to download the “Work Hard Anywhere” app, which uses your location to find the nearest co-working spaces, libraries and coffee shops with good WiFi where you can crack on.

Well established co-working spaces you may want check out include MANA in Chang Mai, which offers waiter service, free fast WiFi and even free coffee if you pay the day rate, and HUBUD in Bali, an amazing community in the capital that offers co-working, co-learning, advice on where to live and loads of events to get stuck into.

7. Stay productive.

Remember, this is not a holiday. I repeat, THIS IS NOT A HOLIDAY! Make sure you plan you life and give yourself targets so you can get stuff done event day, and stay productive. You may want to leave your evenings free to explore, or you might want to take a nap at the hottest time of the day. Heck, you might even want to incorporate ski lessons. Just make sure you plan well, stick to your goals, remember the time differences and - if you struggle with motivation - get up, get dressed and walk to a co-work space for some buzzy inspiration from your new nomadic buddies! You get to design your life, just remember to stay motivated.

8. Keep learning

Just because you’ve chosen a more unconventional lifestyle doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels and stop learning. Pay for online courses, keep reading, stay abreast of the media if needs be and don’t stop yearning to know more. It’s easy now to read articles on the go, and if you’re in the media industry, apps like Readly will allow you to read all your favourite glossy mags as you sunbathe or enjoy your G&T on the balcony.

9. Travel slowly

Moving from place to place can be fun, but it’s also time consuming and exhausting, so forget about trying to cram things in and travel slowly. Digital nomadism allows you to take your time and get to know a place, and if you need to meet deadlines or establish leads or sales, give yourself a break and take your time.

Slower travel also allows you to negotiate better rates for accommodation, make lasting friendships and business connections and really get to know a place, inside out.

10. Party smart

Hand in hand with slow travel is partying smart! It can be tempting to throw yourself into the party lifestyle and cram in a few full moon parties, but true digital nomads understand the repercussions of a party lifestyle and keep the all-nighters to a minimum.

Take your business seriously and put your best foot forward. Have fun, make friends and attend the odd party, just aim to get the balance right and do it smartly.

You can find our top 45 tools and tips for working from home and managing your freelance business in a handy FREE downloadable guide HERE. We also have a FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community, join HERE

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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Freelance

Welcome to the self-employed club, you're in for an exciting ride!

So here we all are – freelancers, business owners, solopreneurs - welcome to the freelance self-employed club!  Frankly I’m a firm believer in networks as a tremendous source of support.  No-one tells you all the challenges you’ll have to face – the frustrations, the constant learning, the second-guessing ….

For example do you remember when you were younger and parenthood looked seamless?  Not just seamless but it was as if new parents had their Mary Poppins gene kicked in and this spell had bewitched the child into utter perfection.  They fed, slept and even pooped on time, in fact with precision you could set your watch to.  Their little gurgles and smiles would make everyone’s hearts melt, strangers would even cross the street in adoration…… yep you may have thought to yourself, piece of cake!

Then as you got older, perhaps you or your friends had babies and all of a sudden the reality isn’t quite as picture perfect.  Constantly sleep deprived, feeling like an extra from the Walking Dead only able to grunt and point….and that’s after sleep!  Any fashion choice is constantly in risk of receiving a splattering of baby vomit, casually thrown dinner and if you’re really lucky a gifted explosive nappy (of course followed by a smile as if they knew what they were doing).  As intelligent human beings, the frustration of not being able to stop the constant screaming or crying can drive you to pretty much to the brink of insanity.

And yet, for that one smile amidst the madness and mayhem, you wouldn’t consider trading it for the world!  You’ve joined the club where others have dared to tread and at least they can help guide you through the process…..or at least have the decency to bring wine and tell us how they make it look so easy!

Some of us will have just started our businesses, whereas others may have been running their companies for years.  Either way, similar to the parenting club, the business owner/entrepreneurial/freelancer club can be a very different reality to what we may envisaged in our heads when we first started and no-one, no-one, is born ready to deal with every given situation – it is a constant learning experience.

We’re living in an exciting time where technology, lifestyle and opportunity mean more of us are working for ourselves.  We’re finally doing what we love, almost to the point of obsession, and hopefully working on a passion that makes us happy.  In Richard St John’s Ted Talk – 8 Secrets To Success – we’ve stopped being work-a-holics for other people, but instead become work-a-frolics for ourselves and creating a life and a lifestyle we had only previously dreamed.

Yet on the other side of that coin, not everyone will share your journey with you.  Your friends, family, colleagues even your partner will be pleased for you but despite their best intentions, running a business is not something that everyone can fully comprehend. There is plenty of confusion, juggling, worry and stress – days, weeks, months where you feel like you’ve experienced ten rounds in the boxing ring and just as things are running smoothly again having to deal with an unexpected gift akin to an explosive nappy situation.

Truth be told it can be pretty isolating, so my advice for anyone working for themselves?  Find your support network of like-minded people who lift, inspire and can advise – your tribe!  I always feel enlightened by the positivity, excitement and energy of someone else doing their own thing.  It acts as a constant reminder of why you decided to do this yourself too.  As you grow and develop as a person through this exciting challenge, it’s a connection with those who also dared to jump and create the life they want.

Finally you’re able to talk to those who understand your situation, your challenges, your fears, your doubts.  They can even offer a new perspective or advice, share resources and tips or refer you to someone you need to contact.  They’re there to remind you of what you’ve achieved so far when you feel like you’re not progressing, and when you feel the strain of constantly taking one step forward/two steps back they remind you to kick off your heels and relish the dance!

It is a boost, a tonic, sometimes a much needed kick up the backside!

So welcome to this freelance and self-employed network where you can build your tribe with brilliant people who are also committed in succeeding and driving their businesses forward as you are.  The reality is we don’t know or have the answers to everything.  This thrilling journey of running your business is unique to you and wouldn’t think of trading it in.  Even during your times of mayhem and especially times to celebrate - remember you always have your tribe …..and wine!!

You can find our top 45 tools and tips for working from home and managing your freelance business in a handy FREE downloadable guide HERE. We also have a FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community, join HERE

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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Six Freelancing Hurdles and How to Jump Them Successfully

Six freelancing hurdles and how to jump them successfully

Being a freelancer has many upsides compared to employment; a flexible approach to life and work, the ability to work from anywhere, unlimited holidays (in an ideal world) and the chance to work on a broad variety of projects that will take you to places you never dreamed of when you worked for the other guy.

However, things aren’t always plain sailing.

Here are six hurdles that you may face in your freelance career, and some strategies to help you leap over them successfully...

  1. Lack of 'team' to bounce ideas off

If you work within a creative industry, brainstorming ideas with others has more than likely formed a huge part of your career, but when you take the leap into freelancing, you’ll still need to develop creative strategies and come up with bold ideas to get your client noticed.

When you are first tasked with storming your solo brain to develop a creative knock-it-out-of-the-park idea as a freelance consultant, you’ll probably find the whole thing rather daunting. After all, brainstorms are usually creative processes, where ideas usually spark better ones and you’ve always got several brains to build on solid ideas (and tell you when you’re way off the mark with the dodgy ones).

If you’re struggling as a freelancer, firstly, give yourself a break and more importantly, give yourself TIME. Mull over the brief, read the news and industry titles, make an ideas file. It’s a different animal than turning up to a group brainstorm with one idea that you can throw into the mix, so don’t put pressure on yourself to come up with an award-winning campaign in five minutes.

Secondly, speak to fellow freelancers or post in freelance Facebook groups (like ours ;) ) and run ideas past the your peers for a quick sense check if needs be. Just remember to repay the favour the next time they need a spare brain!

  1. No planning tools

When you were gainfully employed, your organisation undoubtedly had its own planning tools and templates and processes. Monthly event planners, social media planning documents, project management spreadsheet and so on and so forth.  When you go solo, you have to either make it up from scratch which isn’t always easy, or spend hours trying to source good quality templates that don’t look like they were designed using clip art in 1992.

Luckily, there are resources our there to help - in fact, The Freelance Kit was designed for this very purpose; to help fellow freelancers to take the guess work out of planning and to provide a wealth of templates that will all stand the test of time and impress any client when modified and personalised. (Shameless self-promotion, but we are here to try and help you, promise) Shop here 

Don’t forget you can always tap into the hive mind too, freelancers are kind souls who regularly spread the love by sharing best practice with others, so don’t be afraid to ask.

  1. Isolation

Isolation can be a real toughie for the self-employed. Working at your kitchen table every day in your pj's might sound idyllic for many but in reality, not speaking to other humans on a regular basis can have a detrimental effect on your wellbeing.

Try and get out every day, even if it's just to work from a different space or coffee shop. Collaborate with others where you can, and break your day up by meeting friends or family for a coffee. There are so many brilliant groups and meet-ups for freelancers now, so have look at what's out there. Co-working spaces can still be expensive for freelancers but some are starting to offer more flexible options like Huckletree. There are always fantastic events programmes and networking opportunities at most of these spaces so check them out.

  1. Media lists and freelance software

If you work in the PR industry, things like media lists were easy to come by when your worked for someone else, but when you go it alone, monthly subscriptions to resources like Gorkana can seem a little out of reach.

New for 2020, we've added a ridiculously good value media lists service where you can access either one off or monthly lists for any sector  check it out here 

Don't be scared to pass on software costs such as these to your clients- spread over a few clients it won’t be much more to charge but it will make a difference to your profit every month.

As a side note, if you do keep media lists on file (especially if they include the personal data of freelance writers) remember to password protect or encrypt these documents so you comply with GDPR regulations and delete any emails that include addresses etc once they are stored securely.

If you need access to other costly platforms, why not share a subscription with other freelancers?

  1. Money management

Money money money, must be funny. Well not really, in fact, learning to manage your finances as a sole trader or self-employed person can be super stressful.

In reality, once you have cracked the self-assessment beast (with the help of an accountant or not), that is a huge hurdle, but what about managing your money day to day?

A few tips are; set up a separate bank account for your business, which will make it much easier to determine your overall earnings and deductions come April (or the following January if you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants). Always set strict payment terms on your invoices and use platforms like Penny Freedom if you need to get paid more quickly. Use receipt apps to scan all of your receipts then integrate them into your accounting software or send to your accountant. Make sure you get professional indemnity insurance and most importantly - GET A PENSION. Seriously, this one can be so easy to overlook but sort out a private pension and don’t skimp on the payments.

  1. Time management

Although you are away from the drudgery of the nine to five, managing your time effectively is something you will have to really work on as a freelancer. It can be easy to procrastinate, get distracted and wind up panicking because you are late to meet a deadline.

If you work from home, and especially if you work around the family, one tip is to set up a completely separate office space where you can work in peace. Make it a haven of organisation, a space that you enjoy working from, and be disciplined about your working day right from the off.

Use to do lists, keep your diary up to date and keep a track of your time using an app such as Timely.

Structure your days into chunks for client work, admin and meetings. By having set days and times to do certain tasks, you won't feel as overwhelmed. And set digital limits on your phone apps so you don't waste time on social media!

Lastly, be mindful of the task in hand. All too often we're wearing so many hats when we're self-employed, that we feel anxious and overwhelmed, but by truly focusing on the task in front of you without emails, phone calls and social media notifications, you will start to feel calmer and more able to manage your time rather thank panic hopping to the next thing!

 

You can find our top 45 tools and tips for working from home and managing your freelance business in a handy FREE downloadable guide HERE. We also have a FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community, join HERE

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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Freelance Finances-Setting Rates and Knowing Your Worth

There are several challenges to overcome as a freelancer, but the main one that seems to crop up again and again is what to charge and knowing your worth.

What do we mean by that? Knowing your worth is understanding how valuable your time is, charging clients accordingly and being confident enough to stick to your guns. Sound easy? Not always...

So where do you start? Here are seven simple steps that may help....

  1. Calculate your rates

No doubt that most of you took the plunge into freelancing after working full-time for an organisation where you earned an annual salary. It can be tempting to figure out what your daily rate was when you were employed and charge a similar amount as a freelancer, but don’t forget, you didn’t have to do your own tax return, sort out your own pension and insurance, cover sickness and holidays and buy your own equipment and software.

We're getting ready to launch our freelance rates calculator, a handy free tool where you can see what freelancers up and down the UK charge, but in the meantime there are lots of social media communities where you can ask questions on rates, and people will be happy to help you. The Freelance Kit private Facebook group is a great starting place, you can join here The Freelance Kit Members Group  and The Northern Creative Collective are another lovely bunch who are always happy to help, mainly based in the North of the UK-join here TNCC

Decide if you will work hourly or split your time into half or full days, and also decide from the start if you’ll have a minimum monthly time allocation for new clients. It can help to approach freelancing with a more flexible approach in the beginning and see what works for you. But once you have decided, set your boundaries and stick to them. And don’t forget to put your rates up in line with annual cost of living increases.

  1. Understand your worth

Understanding your worth is about realising what value you bring to the table. Can you generate on target media coverage that will help to drive sales and web traffic? Are you an incredible web designer or developer that can revamp a brand’s website to ensure that more users convert into sales? Can you boost a client’s Google rankings with your amazing knowledge of SEO? Transform their social media pages, increase followers and drive engagement? It's about remembering how experienced or knowledgeable you are in an area and keeping a positive mindset around that.

Remember why you went into freelancing - you believed in yourself and your skills enough to know that you can improve business for your clients and bring something valuable to the table.

It can be really easy to start doubting yourself when clients try and get you down on cost, or go for the cheaper option, but the more you get used to being firm and knowing your value, the better the clients you'll attract.

  1. Find Your support network and be confident in yourself! 

Most freelancers suffer from imposter syndrome at various times but take a deep breath and remember why you went in to freelancing in the first place, you were obviously confident in your skills and ability. You have experience, you have knowledge, you have the business acumen to succeed, and if you don’t feel that way at first, one solution is to work with a coach or join supportive groups.

Even established freelancers get bogged down by the daily grind of chasing invoices and negotiating on price, so by surrounding yourself with a freelance tribe, you'll have the support and a sounding board for those moments of self-doubt.

  1. Don’t panic!

It can be super tempting to go into panic mode and drop your rates or offer huge discounts just to get clients, but this is not a good long-term strategy and you’ll be devaluing yourself and your work.

If you want to offer lower rates or do pro-bono work for causes you feel passionate about, or for friends who are starting a new venture, that’s fine - but overall, don’t give your skills and knowledge away for nothing. Your time is valuable and so are you.

Sometimes a client or project adds value by being a great portfolio piece or they may introduce you to other potential clients so it’s worth offering a slightly lower rate, just weigh it up and do whatever feels good.

  1. Get tough! 

After a while, you will learn to spot the warning signs and red flags when it comes to particular clients who constantly pay late, undermine your work, demand more and more (unpaid) time or constantly pick your brains for free.

Always have clear terms from the outset and a strict onboarding process. Every client should receive a contract outlining your terms and the work involved. Any extras should be clearly highlighted.

Remember, your agreed allocated time needs to include meetings, travel time, admin, reporting AND two-hour phone calls! If you are consistently pulled in various directions and expected to give your time away for free, it’s time for a polite note reminding the client of your terms. After all, you will have other clients to look after and it’s crucially important to value your time.

  1. Mind the gap!

We all know that the gender pay gap is still very real in the workplace and sadly in the freelance world too.

Many believe that men are better at asking for money than women who have historically been conditioned to believe that asking for a pay-rise at work makes them appear difficult and demanding. The freelance pay gap could also have something to do with the reasons that women and men became self-employed in the first place. A recent Independent article (1) explored this very topic and found that men went freelance to be their own boss, while women wanted more freedom and flexibility for family life.

Don't ever be scared for asking for more and for challenging rates in your sector.

  1. Know your rights and make sure you’re covered

In the US, freelance rights far outweigh our own. According to the IRS, American independent workers have the legal right to work where and when they like and subcontract without client knowledge. In New York, the Freelance Isn't Free Act law was passed which:

''establishes and enhances protections for freelance workers, specifically the right to:

•    A written contract
•    Timely and full payment
•    Protection from retaliation

The law establishes penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief, and attorney’s fees'' 

In the UK, we are entitled to a safe and healthy working environment, entitled to get paid for the work we produce, and we are also protected against discrimination.

For your own peace of mind, it’s imperative you have a signed contract with clients, and it’s definitely worth making sure you have adequate insurance for critical illness cover. Shameless plug, you can buy a 15 page legal contract with payment terms and conditions here SHOP 

Remember to make sure you have a financial safety net for any cash flow emergencies, set aside enough money for your tax and NI bill as you go along, and take the advice of an accountant when filling in that dreaded tax return. It’s also worth arming yourself with the facts about freelancer rights and financial rights regarding maternity leave if you’re planning an addition to the family.

  1. 1. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/gender-pay-gap-women-self-employed-a8290356.html

You can join our FREE private members group where you can find support and guidance from an established freelance community here. 

And grab your FREE Ultimate Freelance Guide here,The Ultimate Freelance Guide 2020 with 45 top tools and tips from our community.

About The Freelance Kit

The Freelance Kit offers unique digital products, support and community for freelancers, including a 150 page high-quality and beautifully designed template kit. 

Inside the digital kit, you’ll find templates, planners and spreadsheets for every aspect of freelance life including a 15-page contract worth £300, financial planning documents, social media planning templates and ideas for content, blog topic ideas and much more. 

Along with digital products, The Freelance Kit has a private community and a soon to launch membership option. The platform was created by experts to help freelancers thrive and our hope is that the products and support will empower you to succeed, and help make your freelance life that bit easier.  

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