Freelance Marketing Proposal Template [free example template to download]

This freelance marketing proposal template will give you the basics for getting a robust freelance marketing proposal in place for your freelance business. And there’s even a free example proposal template to download. When pitching to new clients, a freelance marketing proposal helps you present your solution, show your credibility, and name a price for … Read more

The 10 Best Sites to Find Freelance Gigs

More and more employees are turning to freelance jobs, either alongside a full-time freelance job or as their primary career. A gig is a temporary freelance job and is often part-time. Freelance gigs are particularly common in IT and creative industries but can are in almost every industry. People might do one freelance gig at … Read more

Is coworking really worth it for freelancers?

Is coworking really worth it for freelancers? I am sure some folks vote for it, and some others reject this opinion. We will dig deep into this idea to understand the aspects better. Coworking has become the talk of the town for the last few years and its demand has increased amongst freelancers around the … Read more

Making Tax Digital – What is MTD?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is the UK Government’s plan for making HMRC the most digitally advanced tax administration in the world. From 1 April 2019 most businesses above the VAT threshold of £85,000 are required to keep their records digitally and submit their VAT return using compatible software. VAT-registered businesses with turnover of above £85,000 … Read more

Freelance proposals: a guide to creating a better freelance proposal

The life of a freelancer can be an exciting one.  You are able to choose your own hours, work from anywhere and your earnings aren’t capped. However, the downside is that unlike a 9-to-5 job, you need to constantly promote yourself. You need a system for finding new clients and convincing them to work with … Read more

Freelance Statistics: The Freelance Economy in Numbers

Freelance statistics are a great way to show you how you’re not alone in wanting to go freelance, how others are finding the freelance environment and how freelancers contribute to the overall economy. Following this post and discussion on definition of freelancing, we’ve pulled together more freelance stats from the US, UK, Europe, Japan and further … Read more

Balancing the Positivity Around Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a well-known concept for most people, thanks to sites such as Kickstarter. Headlines of consumer products, such as the Pebble, to films, apps and games getting funded – with no apparent downsides – are everywhere. So when I was asked to write a piece on the "negative" side of crowdfunding, which would be … Read more

Digital innovation in local government around the world

(This is a full version of an article I wrote for The Guardian’s Local Leaders Network on digital innovation in local government. You can read the edited version on the Guardian’s site.) When working in digital innovation and local government, it’s helpful to stick your head above the parapet and see what others are up to. There is … Read more

How do you nurture your freelance network? 11 effective ways to grow your freelancer contacts

Ah, networking. Otherwise known as "talking to other people about what they do" or "collecting as many business cards / twitter / LinkedIn connections as physically possible". Have you ever read an article about networking that wasn’t full of common sense points and cliché? They mostly describe networking experiences as working something like this: In … Read more