The Independent Life

Contractors, freelancers, startups: what do you need from an accountant?

Our last few blog posts have been interviews with CEOs and founders of startups (see our Startup Stories section), and it occurred to us that, as a blog attached to an online accountants (My Accountant Friend), it might be a nice idea to look into what it is that makes our working relationship with them […]

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UK freelancers 2018: self-confidence up, but confidence in government down

The latest Freelance Confidence Index has been published, and the numbers confirm what many freelancers have been saying privately: it’s not the easiest time to be going it alone and major political events have played their part. That said, the freelance community is still earning reasonably well, and the recognition that “you are what you […]

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The freelance life in numbers – what freelancers worry about before taking the leap

As you’ll see if you take a look around our website, we’re fairly passionate about the freelance lifestyle. Whether you’re a creative freelancer, a project manager, a contractor or a small business owner, we love keeping you well-informed on ways to make the most of your chosen way to make a living. 

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Freelance insurance: all you need to know

Of the many things that new freelancers and contractors have to get their heads around, insurance is often very low on the list. It just seems so fiddly and expensive, doesn’t it? But imagine falling sick for any serious length of time and not having freelance insurance. Imagine being charged with negligence (it could happen!) or theft […]

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Freelancer’s day rates peak, but outlook lacks confidence

The quarterly IPSE Confidence Index was published yesterday, and while glimpses of positivity shone through, the general feeling was one of unease. IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) compiled their report from the responses of 691 IPSE members, focusing on questions pertaining to business confidence, perceived demand for freelance work, and the factors […]

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The freelance life: what stresses you?

At any given get-together of freelancers or self-employed people, one question will inevitably rise: what is it about the freelance life that you find difficult? A recent survey by Aldermore suggests that what people expect to be stressed out by before they go freelance, and what they’re actually stressed out by once they’re on that road differs […]

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Dublin’s best coffee shops for freelancers

Every year we like to spend as much time as is humanly possible drinking all the caffeine in a given city. The city of choice is chosen largely based on us setting up shop there, so it’s as much a celebration of our own modest expansion as it is the coffee itself. However, we’ve been […]

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Why are so many SME’s turning to freelancers? The answers are in!

“Ten years ago the majority of businesses cited local staff as their main source of employees,” says PeoplePerHour founder, Xenios Thrasyvoulou. “Now the majority cite freelancers as their main source of hiring. This turnaround has been rapid and the change has taken some by surprise – perhaps this accounts for the recent fracas around the […]

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Can you make money blogging? We asked a man who does it every day…

Making good use of the digital marketing tools available to freelancers is something we’re always interested in. In the past, we’ve chatted with a variety of clients and friends on this blog, and this week we were delighted to catch up with Matt Pike of Buckets & Spades to find out whether there’s any truth to the […]

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The rise of the portfolio career: why settle for one job for life?

“In my day,” began my grandmother for the umpteenth time over the Christmas dinner table, “we didn’t wander around with our noses stuck to our phones. We went out and we noticed the world.” Ah, yes indeed – the age-old ‘things have changed’ conversation. Ironically, it’s perhaps one of the few things to have remained the […]

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