Welcome to the first edition of Velvet Platform’s This Week in Freelancing!
Here we’ll be sharing the latest news and views for you as a freelancer and we’ll connect you with pretty awesome people.
This week we look at legislation for limited companies, zoom in on hiring trends, discuss wellbeing as a freelancer and tip you off on some local coworking spaces to check out
We share a must attend event, touch on some tech and recommend some of our favourite reads at the moment.
News and politics
IR35 is on the cards
It’s been put off for a year, but now the issue of IR35 is in the spotlight again, this piece of legislature ensures that certain national insurances and PAYE are not avoided by limited companies.
If you’re running a compliant freelancing business then you shouldn’t run into any problems – but it is worth consulting with your accountant or a lawyer to make sure you tick all the boxes to avoid penalties.
It’s natural to feel anxious about this, but it’s likely not to be the headache we’re expecting. For more information on it, find some useful links here:
The future of work needs us
Gone are the days when clients looked within their vicinity for freelancers. As we all explore the opportunity for doing business over digital platforms, the need for face to face meetings is decreasing.
Restrictions have limited us, but they have also offered us the most golden opportunity to work across borders with ease.
As freelancers our pool has grown significantly.
Companies that have downsized and lost staff are on the lookout for talent able to do the tasks at hand – freelancers are in the shop window now more than ever.
The future of work means that we are an integral part of powering up the planet again.
Realize that we can’t do this alone
No freelancer is an island so you shouldn’t operate alone.
Perhaps the challenges that Covid has thrown at us has opened us up to this realization.
In the UK there are 4.8 million self-employed, and 2 million of those are freelancers – the best support comes from those remaining 2.8 million.
It is imperative to have a network of like-minded people – people who have walked the same path as you, who have solved problems and celebrated the smallest victories to share the rocky journey with.
Whether an intentional or accidental entrepreneur – we need one another.
Check out these communities to join:
A melting pot of ideas and connections
Many of us have had experiences that have put us off or feel that coworking spaces may not be talking to us in their marketing – but truth be told, we’re entering into a new era.
Coworking spaces have a unique opportunity to welcome freelancers, startups and remote workers into a melting pot of ideas and connections.
Local spaces are opening up within neighbourhoods for convenience, community and much needed human connection.
Consider these local coworking spaces:
Hosted on Twitter with panel discussions and Q&A’s about the Future of Work, how you as a freelancer take your business to the next level, and much more.
Find out more here.
Clubhouse is in the house
Clubhouse has become popular for its trendy conversations and big names that you’ll find within this chat app. Only available on IOS, it comes with loads of live discussions and good content once you’ve waded through the self-promotional punts.
Stereo is also an option, and more inclusive in terms of devices.
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books which is kind of the same thing
By Anna Codrea-Rado
By Andy Lopata
By Jessica Seal
One last thing
Join in on excellent conversations that are right up your alley
Join Ed Goodman from Freelance Heroes on Friday 16 April at 1PM BST for this week’s edition of Thank Freelance it’s Friday, a live chat with people just like you.
Address popular freelancer questions and network with your peers.