Tag: Interim

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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Leave your shelter with Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate is always worth a visit. His posts are pithy, grounding and insightful.

Here’s a selection from his recent Basics 7 series:

Get out of your Head, Saturday

1. Cook: chop, slice, kneed

2. Clear: garage, study, garden

6. Sit outside: fresh coffee, a view, un-focused thoughts.

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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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7 style sources for suits and jackets

How you dress is super-important for a freelancer. In the client’s office you need to fit in and get things done. But, you also need to command respect and carry an air of authority.

Can clothing really be a super-power? Even in the most casual work environments, a jacket can give you a subtle edge.

But, where do you start? The single or double-breasted world of blazers, jackets and lounge suits – bespoke, made-to-measure or off-the-peg – can seem absurdly complicated.

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