The Freelance Bulletin – the best advice and breaking news
Welcome to the inaugural ‘Freelance Bulletin’ – a précis of the week’s best freelance articles, news and advice. The original articles can all be accessed from the hyperlink attached to the respective author’s name.
7 free places to work in London when you’re freelance
Bemoaning the differences in perceptions in what a freelancer DOES – as opposed to what friends and family THINK one does – Alya Mooro helpfully lists 7 fascinating and surprising venues in the capital where a freelance can work in comfort (replete with Wifi and a comfy chair and table).
Well worth a read if your only perception of an open workspace is the local coffee shop. I for one was blissfully unaware that the Google Campus provides an entire floor to FREE working spaces. And as for the British Library….genius. What about your local library….cheaper than 10 cups of moca-choca-cappu-frappe-latte?
How freelancers can boost your content marketing
Enlisting the use of freelance expertise brings many benefits to an organisation, and in this article Rich Pearson highlights the advantages:
- Increase capacity at a moment’s notice;
- Ready access to niche skills;
- Flexible working assists tight budgets.
Although there are potential downsides to consider when evaluating permanent recruitment or outsourcing to freelancers…we can’t expect someone from Upwork to laud them.
Freelance v Full Time: The Pros and Cons of Hiring an Independent Contractor
Offering a somewhat more balanced view, Riia O’Donnell muses over the benefits of hiring a freelance – cost reduction, risk reduction, access to a diverse talent pool, quality of work, limited payroll, and a global reach.
The negative aspects of hiring an independent contractor are listed as a risk of multi-tasking (other than on YOUR project), relationship concerns between freelancers and clients, a potential training burden (and cost), and uncertainties on the classification of the worker (along with the vagaries of employment and taxation law – dependent on the locale).
How to balance freelance and family life
Adding some valuable insights into the perpetual tug-of-war between home and work life, Jane Porter offers some tips based upon her own experience and that of a friend (and fellow freelancer) who returned to work 2-weeks after giving birth to her second child!
Her hints and tips include setting a regular schedule (and sticking to it), distancing yourself from distractions, setting realistic quotas, outsourcing day-to-day tasks, and having a contingency plan!
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- The Technology Helping to Keep Roads Safer - July 30, 2018
- APSCo responds to Office of Tax Simplification recommendations for the gig economy - July 25, 2018
- Mind the skills-gap after Artificial Intelligence - July 23, 2018
- Lift off for electric planes – new funding for green revolution in UK civil aerospace - July 20, 2018
- Data reveals scale of contractor demand in Spain following economic expansion - July 18, 2018
- PM hails biggest Naval defence contract for a decade - July 2, 2018
- Major new funding to attract world’s best in science and innovation - June 25, 2018
- Green light for ultra-fast electric car charging innovation - June 22, 2018
- Software Intelligence Report: Legacy and Agile Threaten Digital Transformation Success - June 21, 2018
- Multi-million pound investment for the latest aerospace manufacturing and engine technology - May 23, 2018