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Finding your community as a freelancer

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On modern work, freelancing and mental health.

Whenever possible, we wrap up the conversations from our community in to useful articles and guides. Here are some of our thoughts.

September 21st 2023
Topic: Parenting
Planning ahead for parental leave when self-employed.

If you're a freelancer, and thinking about planning a family - it might throw up a huge number of questions about whether it's even possible. We spoke to Susannah Dale of the Maternity Pledge to share some of her insights into planning for parental leave when self-employed. Read.

August 8th 2023
Foundation: Financial Resilience
Do freelancers need professional indemnity insurance?

An introduction to what professional indemnity insurance is, and why its so important for freelancers. Read.

August 3rd 2023
Topic: Rest and Boundaries
Feeling ill? How to deal with sick days as a freelancer

Without traditional paid sick leave, dealing with illness requires some extra effort - our top tips for getting better at being ill when freelancing. Read.

July 24th 2023
Sector Specific: Finding freelance work within Digital Marketing

A list of resources for freelancers working in digital marketing. Read.

July 11th 2023
Topic: Parenting
Freelancing Parents and Summer - how to cope!

Are you looking forward to summer with your kids - or does it fill you with dread, if you're juggling work and parenting? We spoke to Frankie Tortora of Doing It For The Kids for her advice on coping with the school holidays. Read.

June 30th 2023
Community updates and news
Theatre freelancers "undervalued, underpaid and under-appreciated"

The Freelancers Make Theatre Work 2023 survey of self-employed industry professionals paints a stark picture for much of its freelance talent. Read.

June 29th 2023
Guides and Support
Taking a summer break when you're a freelancer.

Taking a holiday can seem like a luxury, but here are our tips to taking time off when self-employed. Read.

June 27th 2023
Freelance Friendly
From Freelance to Fluid Workforces

We believe that fluid workforces are the future - but starting by engaging with freelancers effectively is the first step towards enabling mobility internally. Read.

June 19th 2023
Freelance Friendly
Client Connection

Connect us to a client who wants to be Freelance Friendly. Read.

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5m people in the UK are self-employed. Who is looking after their wellbeing at work?

Working for yourself can be rewarding, but it comes with a unique set of challenges.

We’re here to remind and encourage and support freelancers, the self-employed and small business owners to invest in the most important part of your business. You.

Supporting the mental health of freelancers and the self-employed.

We’re a community of support for the self-employed.

It’s free to join, non-judgemental, open and supportive - just what you need when you're either starting out as a freelancer, or established but fed up of working on your own.

Established in 2017, we’ve welcomed over 3500 members from across 22 timezones.

Discover our #askanything channel, #littlewins for celebrating, #worktogether for finding others to sit with, #brainfood for inspiration, #workwell for healthy habits and #theweeklyquestion to provoke debate.

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We create and curate tangible things that can help.

We distill conversations from our community plus insight from our friends, into useful guides, content and tools which help you navigate the experience of working for yourself.

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Working well from home under COVID19

Our collection of resources to working well during the pandemic not just for the self-employed.

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How you doing? Freelancing and Mental Health

Tips and techniques to look after your mental health when freelancing and self-employed.

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Podcast: No more watercooler.

Conversations with freelancers about their experiences of mental health and working for themselves.

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And we help businesses work well with freelancers.

We work with anyone who is creating better experiences for the self-employed, or wants to.

Access the resources available for your network of freelancers, offer membership to your community, enroll in our Freelance Friendly Businesses programme, or get bespoke support through our friends at y+x.

Get in touch to see how we can help you support the self-employed.

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How you can support the mental health of the self-employed.

Our aim is more supportive and sustainable work for modern workers. Read about our history and mission.

In the past three years, we’ve supported over 50,000 people - but that’s only 0.1% of the UK’s self-employed. To help us do more, we welcome support from individuals and organisations aligned with our goals.

You can support our work in three ways:

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Partners & Friends

We also partner with other communities and organisations who have aligned goals, or want to better support the self-employed: you can access our content, work with us to develop programmes and communities, access our network of insight or provide your products to our community - work with us.

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