Agency Worker Regulations (AWR): What is AWR?

Agency Workers Regulations aim to combat discrimination of people who work for employment agencies, by stating that agency workers should be no less favourably treated in pay and working time than their full-time counterparts, who do the same work. Similar to IR35, the guidance is designed to ensure fair treatment of contractors and freelancers, and ensure that … 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

Top tech firms: are their employees happy? #infographic

Tech firms are often thought of as inherently cool places to work, not least thanks to their (often rather overblown!) reputations for constructing airy, gadget-filled employee spaces that more closely resemble giant hangout zones than traditional cubicle-based office floors. Admittedly, a few headline-grabbing features at one or two of the more infamously wacky workplaces do … Read more

Freelancers need to follow these five pension boosting strategies

Ensure your pension is working for you. Follow these five pension boosting strategies. Everybody might have different aspirations for retirement, but there is one thing we all share regarding the money we have for when we stop working. We all want to have as much money in our pension pot as possible. The more money … Read more

What are the benefits of investing in IT and Tech for Small Businesses?

If you’re a small business owner, you may be reluctant to invest in better IT and technology due to the initial costs. But it’s seriously worth considering. The benefits of having more advanced tech in your business can actually outweigh the initial cost, and even make you more money. If you’d like to learn more … Read more

Leadership and mental health: "Bosses burn out too"

Interesting read in the Singapore Business Times from Anthea Ong, founder and chairperson of WorkWell Leaders, a non-profit collective of CEOs and leaders focused on championing workplace mental health and wellbeing. The key quote for me: "Employee mental health has never been given more attention by employers. However, experts say late-stage pandemic fatigue is also … Read more

Where do you work best? How to find the perfect freelance work space for you

Where you do your freelance work might be one of the most important decisions you make as a freelance consultant. Get your work space right and you’ll be more productive than you ever thought possible and even open yourself up to new opportunities. Get it wrong and you’ll find your environment either stifling or distracting, … Read more

London Coworking Spaces

London coworking spaces are popping up everywhere, as shown by this map from coworkinglondon.com. But the nature of coworking itself is changing, as shown by rising prices, the "niche-ing" of spaces, the increase in established companies opting for coworking spaces, and the bigger office retail companies opening up coworking spaces – either under a sub-brand or … Read more

Freedom is the new wealth: 68% of freelancers say life has improved since going independent

Freelancers and independent workers: hold on to these recently published statistics. The workforce revolution is well underway, with more and more people (and companies!) turning to freelance work, often selling two or more skills to stay on top. AND CO conducted a study on the future of work and the empowerment of the new generation of … Read more

How do I get a competitive edge against other freelancers?

This is a guest post written by Louisa Dean, a freelance writer from Dorset, UK. She loves the freedom that comes with being her own boss, as well as the much coveted work/life balance.   Identifying what makes you stand out from the competition like a daunting prospect, but in the climate of today’s economy, having … Read more