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How to successfully set up as a freelancer

how to successfully set up as a freelancer

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Dave Chaplin, CEO and founder of ContractorCalculator, and author of The Contractors’ Handbook – Third Edition, shares his advice on how to set up as a freelancer in the current economic climate
We are living and working in unprecedented times. The economy is still reeling from the impact of COVID-19 and many jobs have been lost. For anyone finding themselves out of work right in the current climate, now might be just the right time to take the plunge and embark on a freelance career. Many businesses are likely to be taking a cautious approach to hiring permanent staff so for those risk-averse businesses, access to key skills that freelancers can offer presents a viable alternative to hiring someone permanently. For those with an in-demand set of skills, now could be the right time to set up as a freelancer.
Whilst deciding upon a business model, registering with HMRC and enlisting an accountant are important tasks to focus on, here Chaplin shares his advice on setting a contract rate, marketing yourself and finding work.
How much to charge
Setting a contract rate is a careful balancing act. You want to establish a competitive rate that rewards you for …

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Chester live events worker joins national protest calling for Government support

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A FREELANCE visual designer from Chester who has worked on some of the UK’s biggest live events – including last year’s Glastonbury Festival – took part in a national protest calling on the Government to provide more support for the struggling industry.

Alex Douglas, 21, joined around 1,300 colleagues from the live events industry for a recent silent, socially distanced protest at Parliament Square in London to highlight the issues they are facing.

The former Bishop Heber High School student, who is a freelance visual designer and lighting operator, has worked on the world famous Glastonbury festival and for major international stars including Beyonce.

However, the Covid-19 lockdown saw Alex lose his regular income overnight, resulting him having to move back home as he was unable to afford rent and living costs.

Alex, who studied technical theatre at West Cheshire College’s Ellesmere Port campus and at the internationally acclaimed Backstage Academy, has since turned his hand to web designing – which he juggles with a part-time job – but fears for the future of the industry he has spent so long training for a career in.

Speaking about his support for the ‘We Make Events Campaign’ protest, he said: “The last three years really have been …

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Marloes De Vries on her love of freelancing and the surprising outcome of uncertainty

marloes de vries on her love of freelancing and the surprising outcome of uncertainty

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As a little girl, Marloes De Vries started making robots out of shoe boxes and toilet rolls and grabbed every piece of paper available in the house so she could draw. Today, she’s an award-winning illustrator, author, and artist based in the Netherlands.

A graduate in visual communications, Marloes worked as a graphic designer, art director and photographer for several years, but decided in 2010 to take the leap and work as an illustrator, which was “the best decision” she ever made.

Now, she’s a freelance illustrator and writer, working with publishers, magazines and brands on various commissions. She also illustrates (picture) books, designs book covers, creates editorial illustrations, and even makes comics and cartoons for Tina and Flair. When she isn’t drawing, Marloes also writes for magazines such as Flow Magazine and Charlie. We chatted with Marloes to find out more about her career so far and how she’s survived the events of 2020.

You’ve worked for yourself for over 12 years. Could you ever get a job again?

I thought about that too the other day actually! I worked as a graphic designer and art director at an agency before going freelance, right after graduating art school. I found that I …

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Not the year to conduct study: trustees

not the year to conduct study: trustees

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Sangudo Community School will undergo a study regarding its viability.
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Sangudo School will be the subject of an indepth study to determine the viability of the school, however, some trustees say this isn’t the year to head down the path of a possible closure.At the Oct. 13 trustee board meeting for Northern Gateway Public Schools, administration recommended Sangudo Community School and Harry Gray Elementary School in Valleyview undergo viability studies.Kevin Andrea, the division’s superintendent, said every year operation studies are conducted as per the division’s policy. The policy also states that out of the five areas the schools are studied on (including enrollment, average spending per student, utilization of space), if there are concerns in two of them then a further study is recommended.When that study is complete, the board can then decide whether or not to close the school.“We don’t make these recommendations lightly. We are well aware of the implications,” said Andrea.Sangudo Community School, which is a K-9 school, currently has 78 students enrolled, down from last year’s 102 student population. The 10-year population statistics for the school show a decline every year.The school’s space is …

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Pandemic digital nomads jobs are rising in work from home era

pandemic digital nomads jobs are rising in work from home era

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The rise of “digital nomads,” knowledge workers able to do their jobs from a rotating assortment of exotic locales — the beaches of Phuket, the suburbs of Cape Town, the cafes of Paris— took a big hit earlier this year as borders closed and cafes did too. Some nomads hunkered down, others scurried home. Startup Remote Year, founded in 2014 to facilitate such work-adventures, laid off most of its staff and suspended services, leaving some customers in the lurch (it was acquired this month by a Panama-based hotel company).But while digital nomads have for the most part been stuck in their own countries since then, there appear to be far more of them than ever before. After a survey of 3,457 U.S. adults conducted this July and August, MBO Partners, which provides services to independent professionals, estimated there were 10.9 million digital nomads in the U.S. this year versus 7.3 million in 2019, a 49% increase. To qualify as such, one has to change location at least three times a year, not just shuttle back and forth between a country house and a city place, and not move at an employer’s behest, said Steve King of Emergent Research, who helped design the survey. …

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Online jobs soar by 14% in third quarter 2020, Freelancer.com’s Fast 50 reports

online jobs soar by 14% in third quarter 2020, freelancer.com’s fast 50 reports

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By Kunal Sawhney, CEO, Kalkine.
Cybersecurity in the age of digital banking and technology has had a significant impact. With increased volumes of cashless transactions, debit and credit card payments and introduction of latest technologies, like online, paperless, and branchless digital banking, chatbots, for personalised services, cybersecurity has become very crucial to protect your data and privacy.
Of all sectors, banking is on the top targets of cyber-attacks as the sector is always innovating and experimenting with new ideas and services for its clients. In present times, digital banking activities have witnessed a sudden spike since the Brexit and coronavirus outbreak, according to the leading independent financial advisory firm deVere Group.
The uncertainty over post-Brexit amendments in regulations, climate change concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the rise in demand for cashless banking. Every website and app has  safety protocols in their fold, but often there are loopholes in these networks which are accessible to the hackers. A 2019 study highlighted that about 59 per cent of bank customers are using popular platforms such as smartphone apps, tablets and other wearable devices to access financial services. In 2020 alone, the queries for challenger bank apps have experienced a growth of 67 per …

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Global Freelance Platforms Market Top Manufacturers Analysis by 2026: Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer.com, Envato Studio, PeoplePerHour etc.

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Gauging through Scope: Global Freelance Platforms Market, 2020-27Augmented by various supportive market forces and elements, the global Freelance Platforms market is anticipated to demonstrate a lingering growth stride in the coming years through the forecast span, 2020-25, reverberating a steady CAGR output.
This well presented, highly researched market synopsis sets forth a thoroughly unbiased portrayal of the current market conditions to aid enthusiastic investors and established players in global Freelance Platforms market to harness high potential growth and steady revenue output through the entire growth span. For further inkling into historical events and developments in the aforementioned market, this well-researched documentation delves into historical timeline, unearthing significant market developments that have upscaled growth in multiple significant ways.
Vendor LandscapeThe report draws references of an extensive analysis of the Freelance Platforms market, entailing crucial details about key market players, complete with a broad overview of expansion probability and expansion strategies.FiverrUpworkFreelancer.comEnvato StudioPeoplePerHourToptalGuru.comDesignCrowdNexxtDesignContestTaskRabbitcrowdSPRINGHireable.comWriterAccess99DesignsCatalantDesignhillSkywordBarkGigster
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As a Remote Worker, I Don’t Travel Anywhere Without the Nomatic Backpack

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I’m a remote copywriter traveling the world, so finding a reliable backpack is vital for me. I need a backpack that’s versatile and durable enough to carry my laptop and other tech gear, whether I’m walking through London in the pouring rain or plodding through the sand on a hot baking day in a beach town in Mexico.While I used to make do with a classic backpack without any extra features, this year, I met another digital nomad who introduced me to the marvel that is the Nomatic Backpack.The Nomatic bag is high-end, made of strong and robust material to hold all your precious tech, keeping it safe from the prying hands of thieves as well as the unpredictable elements of the weather.The maximum capacity of the bag is 24 liters, which is more than enough for your day-to-day requirements while leaving plenty of room for clothes for an overnight stay. Plus, it’s super lightweight too, so it doesn’t weigh you down like many other travel backpacks tend to do.As a neat freak, my favorite feature of the bag is all the extra pockets and compartments that make it super easy to organize …

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Arts freelancer fund unveils delivery partners ahead of launch

arts freelancer fund unveils delivery partners ahead of launch

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THE delivery partners for a £5 million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers have been unveiled. Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.Crafts Council and Craft Scotland, Help Musicians, Society of Authors and Visual Arts Scotland have been confirmed as partners to assist Creative Scotland in the delivery of the Scottish Government-backed fund.Subject to confirmation, BECTU will also be partnering with Creative Scotland on the delivery of this funding.The specific sector expertise of these partners will help ensure the hardship funds reach as many freelancers across different creative sectors as possible, working with Creative Scotland who will deliver the funds to creative freelancers who work in the sectors not covered by the partner organisationsEligibility criteria for the fund is set to be published on Thursday, October 22 followed by the fund opening for application at 12 noon, Monday, October 26.Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Culture is vitally important to all of our lives in Scotland.”This is an extremely worrying time for many people involved in culture and creative industries, particularly creative freelancers and practitioners whose work is integral not only to the economy, but to the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

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Global Freelancer Management Software (FMS) Market 2020 Top Manufacturers: Kalo Industries, Shortlist, Upwork, Freelancer.com, WorkMarket (ADP) etc.

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Global Freelancer Management Software (FMS) Market: Introduction
A concise and well researched report presentation on Global Freelancer Management Software (FMS) Market has been recently added to our vast online data repository to clearly highlight market relevant developments and events that collectively incur optimistic growth likelihood. The report takes a detailed overview of the historical market specific events and developments that accrued remunerative returns in the past decades. A thorough evaluation of past and current developments are expected to curve an agile growth curve through the growth span years.
The report is poised to present a dynamic overview of the global growth perspectives and fast transitioning market dynamics and influencers of the industry.
A critical evaluation of the historical and current timelines have been tagged in the report to encourage accurate forecast predictions.Value and volume based projections have remained key report offerings, besides complete trend analysis and competitor activities and eventual investment preferences have also been discussed at length to invoke future ready business decisions.
The study encompasses profiles of major companies operating in the Freelancer Management Software (FMS) Market. Key players profiled in the report include:Kalo IndustriesShortlistUpworkFreelancer.comWorkMarket (ADP)Guru.comOnForceField NationCrowdSourceExpert360
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