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What’s the new Health and Social Care levy and how are the self-employed affected?

The prime minister has outlined his plans which have now been approved by MPs to increase National Insurance contributions to invest in health and social care across the UK over the next 3 years.

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Self employment is how self-taught jeweller, Esh, is shaping her future

Self-taught jeweler, Esh, speaks to us about the complexities of building her own jewelery business. But also, how rewarding the process has been.

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A change of focus for a photography business facing challenging times

For Paul, Covid-19 has brought many collaborations that will help his business to boom once the pandemic is over. Find out how he's adapted in this interview.

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How going freelance allowed Katy to live the life she dreamed

Like many, going freelance allowed Katy to live the life that she has always wanted. From flexibility to reclaiming your time, there are plenty of benefits.

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3 challenges self-employed people face — and how to overcome them

Self employed people come across plenty of challenges when they're building a business from the ground up. Find out how to overcome them in our latest blog.

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How redundancy gave John the push he needed to go freelance

Redundancy leaves many people feeling stuck and unsure what to do next. Instead of waiting for a new opportunity, why not create one? That's what John did.

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Digital adoption: How fitness instructor Elle Linton adapted during Covid-19

Find out how fitness instructor Elle Linton adapted her business when covid-19 hit the UK this year and the role that digital played in making it happen.

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Self-employment stories

Clyde is a chef working in London. He used to work in the kitchen of one of Britain’s top private banks before he decided to make the move to self-employment.

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Taking control in 2019: Work resolutions worth sticking to

We look at a couple of resolutions which might just make self-employed life in 2019 a little more enjoyable, efficient and most importantly, productive.

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Is a rentable workspace right for you and your business?

Rentable workspaces are making more appearances in some of the larger UK towns and cities. We speak to some industry players, as well as some people who have used this style of working.

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Overcoming imposter syndrome

Katy Carlisle from Freelance Folk looks at how 'imposter syndrome' can affect people who are self-employed, and discovers what other freelancers and small business owners do when they’re doubting themselves.

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What is it really like to be a digital nomad?

What is living life as a 'digital nomad' really like? And why is this work revolution on the rise? Coconut speaks to three freelancers who have lived and breathed the lifestyle, and give their advice to those considering the leap.

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How to Beat Procrastination – and the Science Behind It

Can you ever avoid procrastination? We find out how to beat procrastination and why our mind constantly tries to distract us.

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2016 Freelance News in Review

A lot happened in 2016. Some of it to freelancers. The Autumn Statement, Brexit, the many employment reviews - 2016 may have ended, but its impact hasn’t.

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Can I ever own a home as a freelancer?

Can I get a mortgage as a freelancer? Yes. Will it be easy? No. But that’s not an exclusive issue for the freelancer demographic.

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25 mistakes new freelancers always make

Freelancing can seem daunting, especially if you are going it alone for the first time. Making mistakes is part of any job, and freelancing is no different.

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Banishing my freelance loneliness

Flying solo is pretty great. But how do freelancers look after their own mental health when it’d be all too easy to let the loneliness rule our lives?

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