Article archive on Small Business UK about becoming a freelancer and freelancing advice. Topics covered include how to start freelancing, getting paid, securing work, networking, contracts and related subjects.

Business management

Healing the relationship between businesses and freelancers

George Olver, co-founder of Movidiam, explores why poor practices regarding freelancers could be stifling the global creative industry.


Opportunity to revitalise freelancer confidence with softer Brexit

With Brexit negotiations set to start next week, freelancers call for government to focus on a softer Brexit to help them.


Most UK freelancers and contractors feel unsupported by government

Most freelancers and contractors in the UK feel unsupported by the current government but are likely to vote conservative in the 2017 General Election.


How young freelancers should go about obtaining a mortgage

Here, Luke Somerset shares his tips on how Generation Z entrepreneurs can put a roof over their heads that will eventually belong to them.

Employing & managing staff

The differences between freelancing and zero hours contracts

In this piece, Gary Elliott looks at the differences small business owners should know between freelancing and zero hours contracts.

Office & home working

Do global freelance marketplaces fit the needs of UK businesses?

Is the global freelance model, where you can source freelancers from every corner of the world, suitable for small businesses in the UK? Gary Elliott discusses.

Sole trader

Self-employed freelancers just want a hug for Christmas

Self-employed freelancers ask for a hug for Christmas after a difficult and uncertain year.


Retirement savings a distant dream for many freelancers

The government needs to do more to make freelancers more aware of their retirement saving options, a new survey reveals.


Brexit uncertainty remains a concern for freelancers

UK freelancers are feeling the post-Brexit pinch and confidence levels are dipping, according to a new study.


Creative freelancers losing over £5k a year due to unpaid work

Freelancers working in creative industries revealed an estimated average loss of £5,394 per person per year, due to unpaid work.


Freelancers taking more holidays than employed people

A third of self-employed people took two or more holidays outside the UK in the past year compared to just 29 per cent of those who are employed.


Freelancer numbers have risen by a quarter over eight years

The number of independent professionals, commonly referred to as freelancers, in the EU-28 rose from 7.7 million to 9.6 million between 2008 and 2015.

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Business management

How to create good cashflow habits

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Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats