BBC & ITV Investigated For Anti-Competitive Freelance Contracts

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating broadcasters and production companies, including the BBC, ITV, Hat Trick and Tiger Aspect, for potential breaches of anti-trust laws.  The CMA said that whilst it believes there are reasonable grounds to suspect one or more breaches of competition law, the CMA has not yet reached a view as […]

Webinar: Freelancers Unite! The Power of Co-ops and Joint Working

Co-operatives UK is running a webinar introducing freelancers to co-ops as a way of joining forces and creating greater opportunity.  While most freelancers enjoy the freedom and flexibility this way of working offers, your income might be unstable plus it isn’t always easy to ‘go it alone’. But there is a way to enjoy a […]

Online Marketplaces for Freelancers – The Inside Story

There has been an explosion of online marketplaces launching in recent years which connect freelancers to work opportunities, but there are considerable variations in how they work, and not always in the freelancers’ favour.  To get the inside story, we’re talking to Karl Swanepoel who launched his own marketplace after he experienced some of the […]

Two In Five Employees Have Considered Going Freelance

Against a backdrop of declining numbers of self-employed people since 2019 (a decrease of 800,000), a report published by IPSE on National Freelancers Day reveals many positives about this way of working: Almost two-fifths of employees (39%) reported that they have considered working for themselves; A third of employees (33%) believe that they could make […]

New “Freelance Not Free” Law

A new “Freelance Not Free” law has just been passed by New York state (pending approval or veto by the governor) which gives the following protections to freelancers working there: freelancers must be paid by the agreed date, or within 30 days of completion of the work; freelancers must receive written contracts from the businesses […]

Freelancing Is A Win:Win

We often hear headlines about the “great resignation” and the “war for talent” which combined with increasing numbers of job vacancies mean that freelancing can be a win:win for both businesses and self-employed freelancers. Firms that are struggling to recruit permanent staff are turning to freelancers and contractors to provide the talent and resources they […]

Businesses Will Pay Whatever It Takes For Top Freelance Talent

As the negative impact of staff shortages is felt across a myriad of UK industry sectors, a new survey from freelancer website PeoplePerHour reveals the critical role employers believe freelancers will play, and the competition this is creating for top talent.  According to the research, 84% believe freelancers can make a positive difference to their business, […]

033 How To Ensure You Actually Get Paid!

Freelancing should never actually be free!  But sometimes it can be really difficult to ensure you actually get paid on time by your clients, which can then have a significant impact on your business and personal finances.  So we’re talking to Helen Arney who specialises in helping self-employed people and businesses get paid, and she […]

019 Going Freelance Mid-Pandemic

We all know that unfortunately many people have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, and a number of those have since gone on to set up their own self-employed business.  Today we’re chatting to one such successful entrepreneur, Jessica Ross, about her experience of setting up her business mid-pandemic.  When we invited […]