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Everything you need to know to prepare for payments on account

May 6, 2022

Sometimes, freelancing can feel like you’re living your best life. Want to work in your favourite cafe this morning? You can do that. Need a lie in after a late night? You do you. All this to say, you’re in control. But all of a sudden it’s the new year...

Still attaching work to the bottom of your email? It’s time to update your portfolio

April 4, 2022

I’ve been a freelance journalist for many years, but I haven’t been proactive enough when it comes to addressing the “business” side of my work. I’m determined to change that, which is why I’ve been thinking a lot about portfolios lately – and how to go about making one. I...

How should journalists build their social media brand?

March 15, 2022

For better or worse, I can almost guarantee that every young journalist will have come across the phrase “JournoTwitter” at least half a dozen times as they work to break the glass ceiling in their industry. This kind of Twitter community, like many, functions as a virtual clique, where established...

Why joining a coworking space can make a huge difference to your work day

March 9, 2022

In June 2016, three months after I went freelance full-time as a journalist and content marketer, I made the best decision I could’ve made at the time: I joined a coworking space in downtown Toronto. When I became a full-time freelance that year, I knew I had to choose: stay...

Writers beware: Avoid the content mill

March 2, 2022

Like many other freelance writers, I stumbled into the industry somewhat by accident. Before COVID-19, I had been living a cushy life abroad, basking in the satisfaction of not having to update my LinkedIn. But with the start of the pandemic, I fled back home and found myself confronted with...

A guide to dealing with sickness as a freelancer – before, during and after

February 23, 2022

The advantages of living the freelance life are well known and explored by so many of us. Without a boss to approve your holiday pay or schedule your meetings or decide when your next pay review is going to be, the freedom that comes with a self-employed lifestyle is one...

Detaching self-worth from work

February 16, 2022

This second instalment of the self-worth and work topic will focus on the people who are actively working on detaching their self-worth from their work. I have struggled with this task ever since I dipped my toes into freelance journalism in 2020. I am slowly unlearning this practice, and have...

How to network as a freelancer in 2022

February 16, 2022

A common misconception about freelancing is that it’s only something you can do after you’ve established yourself within your industry. This is because freelancing is something many people do later on in their careers, having already worked in staff jobs and various offices. But since coronavirus has revolutionised the way...

The W-8BEN form for freelancers: how to avoid tax when earning money from the US

February 9, 2022

You don’t want to get taxed twice if you do work for clients based in the US, so here’s everything you need to know about the infamous W-8.  The web is a wonderful thing, making it super-easy for us freelancers to work across national borders. Sometimes, in fact, we forget...

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