Category: Freelancing

Creatives lead the way in freelance growth

Creative services show the biggest growth in two reports on the freelance and independent sector in the US and UK.

In the UK, Simply Business reports a 31% year-on-year growth in the number of freelancers. They note that:

the real growth in this space is being driven by a wave of emerging lifestyle and creative businesses. This suggests that more people are attempting to turn their hobbies and passions into businesses.

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Getting laid off. Starting again. @HarvardBiz

Losing your job can be hard. For some, though, it’s the spur they need to start out on their own.

Here’s some interesting research from Harvard Business Review (Eliana Crosina of Babson College and Michael G. Pratt of the Carroll School of Management, Boston College). The researchers find that such job-seekers fall into two categories: Recreators and Repurposers:

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Modern Stoicism, stress and freelancing – @StoicWeek

The Modern Stoicism site has just posted an expanded version of Freelancing, Stoicism and Stress. I am both grateful and humbled.

Hopefully, fellow independent professionals will find it informative and perhaps useful, too.

Many thanks to Modern Stoicism’s editor Greg Sadler for his support.

The Modern Stoicism article is here.

The shorter original, elsewhere on this site, is here.

Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash

Power and the independent professional

Power can be complicated for freelancers and independents. You have power over your own business, but on client projects your power can less clear, jeopardising your ability to deliver.

How can you ensure you have the power you need to achieve the task in hand?

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Feeling stressed? You should get out more

Stress is an everyday feature of work, whether you’re freelance / self-employed or an employee of another business.

Prolonged stress is exhausting. It messes with your sleep and it messes with your thought-processes. As a result, you make more mistakes and feel increasingly out of control leading, of course, to even greater stress.

If you work from home, those feelings can sometimes be compounded by being alone – either through an explicit feeling of loneliness or, more insidiously, through having no colleagues to vent, laugh or commiserate with.

What to do?

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