What can tennis teach you about freelancing?

It's the first week of July, the sun is shining, the sunblock is coming out and you're starting to see the hairy, exposed legs of men in shorts walking down England's streets. For sports fans, that can mean only one thing - it's time for Wimbledon! Events such as Wimbledon should be seen as more than simply an occasion for smugness, though - you may not immediately realise it, but there are quite a few good lessons that self-employed people can learn from tennis stars like Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams, which can benefit your business long after the racquets, nets, strawberries and cream have been packed away. Continue reading

Where should I go for freelancing advice?

So you’ve decided you’re going freelance; your partner’s supportive (if a bit jealous) and you’ve called your parents and told them the news. Even your cat seems to be giving you congratulatory looks every time it passes you en-route to the kitchen. Your head is full of exciting plans, such as working in your slippers or setting up a desk in the garden to make the most of those rare sun-filled summer days, but actually setting up as a freelancer isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Here’s our lowdown on where to get some great advice for your freelancing career. Continue reading

A guide to employing your own staff

One of the most appealing things about leaving the world of traditional employment and becoming a contractor is the prospect of gaining full independence as a self-employed professional, without any higher-ups calling the shots. Being your own boss has all sorts of benefits, including the ability to direct your own workflow, focus on your passions and gain more control over your work/life balance. However, there is one potential downside to this - there's only so much you'll ever be able to do on your own. Continue reading

Recruiting – a five point plan for getting the right person

As your business grows, there’ll probably come a time when you need to employ people to work with you. You may need someone to share the workload, require skills you don’t possess yourself or have day-to-day admin chores piling up that you simply don’t have the time to take care of alone. It can be daunting. Firstly, you may find it a bit of a wrench to entrust duties you’ve been doing single-handedly to someone else. Secondly, you’ll need to assure yourself that any new recruits share your ethos and standards. Thirdly, you’ll be paying a salary, so you’ll be looking for value. Continue reading