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The Great Freelance Tax Hunt

Joel Crane* and his business partner owe £1.35million to HMRC. Crane started his business, which specialises in graphic design, in 2004. In 2009 he was told that the business was doing well, so he should look into some tax planning. This was where his problems began. From 2009 to 2015...

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Is anybody out there? Finding freelance advice isn’t always that simple.

For any freelancer, going it alone can be daunting.  While choosing your own hours and projects and no longer working for ‘the man’ can prove to be an enticing prospect, there are many realities of running a business that will doubtless fall outside your established skillset.  While not being quite...

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Purgatory for Journalists: The Problems with Payment on Publication

As anyone who has walked the tightrope of self-employment knows, getting paid can be wildly difficult as a freelancer. Payment is slow, follow up emails and phone calls are routinely ignored, the process itself can be arduous. To date, in order to receive payment, I’ve offered a scan of my...

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Day To Day

Fighting Freelancer Loneliness With Social Friday

When you’re working as a freelancer, there are hundreds of perfectly good reasons why this path is the best one for you. You have the freedom to set your own hours, more or less. You can work from home, from your bed or from a café of your choice. You’re...

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I chose to become a migrant, and learned to be a freelancer

“Migration can be triggered by the angle of sunlight, indicating a change in season, temperature, plant life, and food supply… Every history has more than one thread, each thread a story of division… only the future revisits the past.” - Ocean Vuong Digital nomad; vagabond; travelling freelancer; roving journalist; the...

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