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  • How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR

    At Freelance Advisor we’ve spent a lot of time sharing advice on how you can effectively use Twitter and social media: As a tool for finding more friends, colleagues clients and work. We’ve discussed how to use it for Marketing your personal brand and for PR for your own company.…

  • Book of the week: Focus – The Power of Targeted Thinking

    Jurgen-Wolff---Focus---The-Power-of-Targetted-ThinkingFreelancers need focus; without a boss to keep you in line and being outside a traditional workflow it can be hard to know where to focus your efforts. Combine this with the pace of modern life and it’s easy to get swamped and to feel that there just aren’t enough…

  • Freelance Stories: Setting up a limited company, business bank accounts & finding work

    Bill_Greenwood-artworkerContinuing our Freelance Stories series we talk to artworker and print production pro Bill Greenwood. After 20-years working for top design studios Bill has decided to go it alone and tells us what it is like to start your own Limited Company.

    “I am a London based image retoucher, creative…

  • Communicating more effectively using screencasts

    Screencasts are videos of software with a voice-over. As a freelancer I use them to save time and communicate more effectively with my clients. You can even empower your client to communicate more clearly with you by training them to make their own screencasts.

    Let’s take a look at how…

  • The rise of home working

    Great to see the Guardian covering the Rise of Homeworking

    The rise of home working | Money | The Guardian

    Of course, we’ve known about the steady rise of home-working and the joys of #homeworking for some time now. For more on home-working don’t forget our Working-From-Home section is where…

  • Review: Portfolio To Go — iPad app for freelance photographers & artists

    Portfolio To Go is a fantastic iPad app for artists and photographers who use Flickr.com to showcase their photographs online.

    A recent winner of Apple’s ‘iPad App of the Week’ award, Portfolio To Go features an elegant and intuitive photo-wall giving users instant access to all of their Flickr photosets:…

  • Flexibility is key to the Future of the Freelance Economy

    Image by Horia VarlanA recent survey conducted by freelance marketplace PeoplePerHour.com reveals how the recession has affected small businesses’ approach to flexible hiring, and how these businesses will in turn adjust to the post-recession era. Results show that the freelance economy has been an ‘ace’ for small-businesses during the recession whilst there is…

  • Freelance Stories – Basecamp’s Jason Fried

    Jason Fried; Basecamp creator and co-author of ReworkWe’re big fans of Jason Fried, creator of Basecamp and co-author of Rework. His Get Real column for Inc.com is a must-read for freelancers interested in freelancing, small business advice, for stories of struggle and success.

    From solo-freelancer to successful software startup

    His first column for Inc.com, Driven to Distraction,…

  • The importance of getting client sign-off — and how insurance can protect you

    Getting sign-off, in writing, is a vital part of best practice when sending designs, copy or code to clients. If changes need to be made later then, with sign-off completed, it is the client’s responsibility — not yours. If, for example, there is a typo in a design for a…

  • Shout99 : Review on IR35 begins


    “Ten years after its introduction, the review of IR35 finally got underway,
    signaling the beginning of the end for the tax. The Government announced
    the terms of reference for the long-awaited review of small business tax
    measures. The new Office of Tax Simplification will look at the issue and
    have…

  • Save on calls with Skype over iPhone

    iPhone-Skype-ScreenshotIf you use Skype and have an iPhone then this week’s announcement via the Skype blog will come as very welcome news.

    Thanks to the new update, available on iTunes, calls now go over 3G so you no longer need to be at home on a wireless network to make…

  • 60-second review: Teux Deux – simple task manager

    TeuxDeux - a simple, designy, free browser-based to-do appTeux Deux is a super-simple, sleek and stylish to-do list manager. If you like great design with a tiny pinch of minimalism then this might be for you.

    Just start entering your To-dos

    Built entirely for the web you just sign up for a free account and start typing in…

  • Create a quick website mockup with the best wireframing tools

    Earlier this week we featured online presentation tool Spiceynodes as a great way to present information to clients or customers, in person, on a screen or directly embedded on your website. Today we look at a few tools for making quick website wireframes, prototypes and mockups.

    From simple, free rapid…

  • “Home business of the year” award added to Startups Awards 2010

    Startups Awards 2010Despite cuts across the board, overall, UK business is seeing a positive change thanks to the new Government. Tax breaks, including extended relief on the increase in Capital Gains Tax and National Insurance have been introduced and support for SMEs has been very positive.

    To mark the importance of SMEs,…

  • PeoplePerHour.com – a success story

    PeoplePerHour.com - Freelance JobsAn inspiring case study in the Guardian this week telling how Chris Clarke, a former financial controller, used Freelance jobs site PeoplePerHour.com to get back into business as a book-keeper.

    Chris, a victim of the recession, was made redundant when his employer had to cut-costs so he went it alone…

  • Book of the week: ‘Rework’

    Rework coverPart manifesto for the Web 2.0 generation and part ‘Screw You’ to just about anyone who doesn’t get it, Rework is a short but sweet business book for small to medium, agile companies.

    Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hanson’s contrarian style matches their work and life philosophy — the duo…

  • Compare broadband options for working at home

    See All DealsIf you occasionally work from home then getting a decent broadband connection can really help you get your work done effectively. Thanks to modern-day technology, working from home is no longer a second-rate way of staying in touch with clients and colleagues and broadband has become a vital lifeline for…

  • Taking the time to manage, prioritise & plan what’s truly important

    Prioritising and planning how you use your time is a key skill for every great freelancer. Unlike most salaried jobs, where priorities and plans are often agreed in appraisals or dictated by a boss, freelancing gives you the freedom to choose what you do and when you do it.

    This…

  • What are you willing to do for $5?

    Whilst probably not the best place to find freelance work this cute new website, Fiverr.com allows you to offer the world something wonderful, as long as the price is $5.

    The service works Like Twitter with short, quick posts, offering random acts of kindness — and odd jobs.

    The site…

  • Security: Keeping safe with One Password

    Online security is a pain. If you have more than one bank account, multiple email addresses and numerous subscriptions to online services like Amazon, eBay and the rest, keeping track of your passwords becomes a real chore. We’re told not to write them down, and we’re told not to have…

  • Review: All-in-one, full-colour, quick & easy wireless printing

    Brother-MFC-255CW

    Brother MFC-255CW – Wifi Multi-function Printer

    If you’ve got a wireless network at home then a Wifi printer is a no brainer. With just one wire for the power supply the Brother MFC-225CW can sit anywhere — I had mine out of the box and sitting on a shelf, ready…

  • Charge for your time by adding appointments to your website

    Setster - Setting Intelligent AppointmentsPROBLEM: You have limited, often fragmented time to meet clients and contacts. You might have a free spot for two hours this afternoon, time between finishing one project and starting the next, and it’d be great to generate some new business in that slot — if only people knew you…

  • Computer Science graduates ‘least employable’

    Depressing news from the BBC today shows that graduate unemployment is up 2% on last year with the worst news for Computer Science graduates — with unemployment rates at 17%.

    While we’d hope that Computer Science students are going for Freelance or Contracting jobs the data shows a worrying trend…

  • If you thought YOUR clients were bad

    Clients From HellPart comedy, part tragedy, part therapy: Clients from Hell provides a little bit of light relief for those tense moments when the client is really winding you up.

    Rather then venting on social media, bumming out your friends and running the risk of the client spotting your angst why not…

  • Launching a website: a simple checklist for you and your clients

    Launchlist - Your one stop website checklist!Checklists are an essential part of finishing any project and when it comes to website launches there are a whole host of checks, fixes and tests that need to be done to make sure your project is firing on all cylinders, with valid HTML, CSS and javscript, that works in…

  • Dropbox have done it again!

    I’ve long advocated Dropbox as the absolute best file-sharing tool for Freelancers, Contractors and just about anyone who needs to backup their important work files and share content across multiple machines or locations. But the best of the best has just added a killer new feature.

    Just when you thought…

  • The Death of the Office?

    Who needs an office? Well, the Prime Minister I guess. Your accountant, perhaps. The CEO of a corporation with multiple divisions for sure. But if you’re an agile company producing content, designs, web-apps or software as a service do you really need to have all your troops all lined up…

  • Personal Branding: Ego for iPhone & iPad

    If you care about your personal brand, how you are showing up online and what people are saying about you and your business then this new app from award-winning filmmaker and iPhone app developer Garrett Murray is just what you need.

    Grab the app from the iTunes store and connect…

  • Budget Update: Is this really the end of IR35?

    Freelancers and Contractors unhappy with the Labour government’s IR35 leglislation may now be able to see light at the end of the taxation tunnel.

    Before the election the Tory team were hinting that they’d “review” IR35 if they got into power, but yesterday saw the first strong commitment from small…

  • Post-Budget Analysis for Freelancers

    In case you missed George Osbourne’s Emergency Budget here are the highlights from yesterday’s speech in Westminster.

    The highlights that will affect freelancers include:

    Income tax personal allowance to be increased by £1000
    Public sector pay will be frozen for 2 years for people on less then £21,000
    High rate…