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Co-working spaces remove the isolation of working from home and the distractions of working in a crowded coffee shop. Are they the future for freelancers?

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Sometimes it seems the to-do list is never ending. And a never-ending to-do list often leads to stress. Here's what you can do to help yourself cope with stress as a freelancer, contractor, or small business owner.

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The NHS recommends you self-isolate for a period of 14 days and work from home if you believe you have coronavirus, but how do you stay productive?

Staying motivated when self-employed

Working from home brings many benefits for the self-employed, but there's no denying that motivation can be a real problem. We look at ways to beat it.


Just because you’re a lone-worker, doesn’t mean you have to be a lonely worker. In this article, we take a look at some ways you can combat loneliness.

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Health and wellbeing are important for us all, but when you're self-employed, it can sometimes feel difficult to keep on top of.


Co-working is a great way to get out of the house, can improve your productivity, and make you a whole host of new freelancer friends to hang out with.

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A compilation of productivity tips that we’ve gathered over the years - for everyone from beginner freelancers to seasoned small business professionals.

How to calculate holiday pay when staff receive overtime and commission payments, image of couple enjoying holiday

You deserve a holiday - but one in four freelance workers take no annual holiday at all. We explain why you should take a break.

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Everyone falls into certain habits when freelancing. Some are good, some are bad. Here are some good ones to help you run your business efficiently.

Why your company needs an office dog

Could the presence of an office dog alleviate some of the tension in the office, and therefore reduce staff burnout and absence? Yes, apparently!

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With freelancing comes great freedom including the ability to work while you are travelling. We take a closer look at so-called digital nomads.


Recent research has also found that those who sit for more than eight hours a day are likely to die earlier than those who don’t. What can be done?


Getting out of the office might be the best decision you ever make. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether working from home is for you.


Setting-up a home office may seem like a big task, but it doesn’t have to set you back big bucks. Read our top tips to setting up on a tight budget.


Does your workstation feel like a torture garden? Jo Blood is an expert in workstation ergonomics and has some tips for very tall desk workers.

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A quarter of UK employees are unhappy with their job, while a third are considering chucking it in entirely. Is there an alternative to office life?

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There’s no use trying to avoid it, so here are the stories of successful freelancers who've built careers on top of the wreckage of their first contract.

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For freelancers and contractors, having a variety of clients is an exciting and important thing. We look at ways you can manage multiple clients.


A setback, it’s been said, is a setup for a comeback - so treat it as such. Smash through writers block with these winning tips.


From grammar-checkers to spoiler-blockers, we show you six handy apps for freelance writers. Spend more time looking for more work. Or watching Netflix.


A third of Brits are currently contemplating handing in their resignation - and bad bosses topped the list of reasons why, according to our recent research.

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Managing emails can slow down productivity so it's always good to have a few hacks to make email use more efficient. We take a look.

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These little timesavers quickly add up to very helpful automation, making you much more organised. Try them out for yourself!


A good manager will always bring out the best in an employee - but how? If you've suddenly found yourself having to manage staff, give this a read.

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