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10 signs you’ve got a freelance family

It doesn’t matter what your profession is. You may be a creative freelancer or an IT contractor, but you will share a common bond with anyone who works independently. If you are nervous about leaving behind your friends, team and the perks of corporate life then be reassured that you’ll be coming into the huge, […]

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What do you really want?

I’m not a great believer in ‘you can do anything you put your mind to’ as a way of getting what you want in life.  That heavily overused phrase doesn’t take account of human psychology and motivation. It makes it sound like all you need to do is sit down and think really hard about […]

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10 easy steps towards freelancing

At this time of year, many of us are thinking about how we can make changes that will improve our quality of life and enrich our relationships.  Perhaps you’ve had time to think about your job and have decided that it’s time to make a change? Traditionally, we would have started looking for new versions […]

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14 inspiring books for freelancers

Sometimes, you just need a little inspiration to get your creative juices flowing again or to reassure you that you aren’t alone in ploughing your own furrow. I’ve put together this list – a lot of personal favourites and books that have helped me get out of a rut or challenged me to think differently […]

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How to find your sparkle

It is the scourge of freelancers everywhere.  Because we often work alone, we are reliant on ourselves to keep our motivation levels up and keep going.  But for all sorts of reasons, it’s tough to keep your chin up all the time. I know this feeling well.  You get up, get the laptop out and […]

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6 ways to deal with the unexpected

Anyone who freelances will tell you that there is your life is a constant juggling act as you try to manage life, clients and simple day-to-day administration. Some of us even get quite good at it.  You know what they say about going to a busy person if you want something done. But it also […]

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Make it happen with crowdfunding

Join us on 23rd October to learn how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. So you have a great idea?  Your once in a lifetime opportunity to make your mark and make a living doing what you love? Whether you are launching a film, a new brand of chocolate, funding your community project or Facebook […]

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Join our Mastermind Group

Next Mastermind Group is on 28th October 2014 You spoke. We listened.  What the KindredHQ community really want is a way to spur each other on and share experiences of running their freelance business. What’s a Mastermind Group? You can’t beat the energy, commitment, and excitement of a Mastermind Group and we’ve adapted the tried […]

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Perfect your elevator pitch

How many times have you been approached at a meet up or networking event with a question – ‘what do you do’? I wince at this question.  It’s very difficult to say what you do when your independent career is varied.  Many of us have ‘slash careers’, when you have a number of different hats.  […]

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Starting your freelance consulting business

There’s unprecedented growth in the self-employment market, and it’s a global movement.  Originally fuelled by economic recession, when many people were displaced from full time jobs, it has now finally become the preferred choice for many. The interesting thing about this growth spurt is the number of people who are starting new freelance careers later […]

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We need you!

We’ve joined forces with Crowdshed.com – the UK’s newest crowdfunding platform to launch KindredHQ’s first ever crowdfunding campaign – and we need your help to create the support system that independents everywhere need. We believe that everyone should have the freedom to work the way that they work best, creating great work, enjoying a successful […]

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10 secrets for great client relationships

I found myself discussing the issue of clients several times this week.  It seems that all of us, however experienced we are have suffered from bad experiences with clients. Some of the stories I hear are toe-curlingly painful. The fact is that your clients don’t go to ‘be nice to your suppliers’ school.  You have […]

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6 ways to detox after leaving your job

Sounds a bit harsh perhaps, but to be honest, that’s often how you can feel after leaving your corporate job.  You start your career with the very best of intentions, but find that 6 months into each job you can find that you’ve got very little in common with the culture.  So many people leave […]

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When does a freelancer become an entrepreneur?

We struggle with the terminology here at KindredHQ.  You’ll notice that we use the words freelancer, independent, self-employed, being your own boss interchangeably.  That’s because we think that however you describe yourself, there’s a common attitude and feeling about the way we work that binds us together, and we don’t much go for labels.  (Except […]

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The 7 rules of freelance etiquette

It’s a jungle out there and for those of you who are new to being your own boss, you face a whole new world of working etiquette.  Gone are the centuries old structures brought about by the hierarchies of corporate life. There’s no HR induction pack and you just have to work it all out […]

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10 ways to get your freelance pricing right

It is a startling fact that many freelancers don’t charge the right rates for the work they do. Why is that? So many of us stumble into freelancing unprepared for it, and when we start that first client project, we don’t know how to answer when someone asks us ‘how much do you charge?’ or […]

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How to take a holiday when you freelance

I’m coming clean.  KindredHQ is on holiday.  Taking a break. The first proper holiday for some time, and it’s just a week or so, just on a staycation somewhere nice in the UK.  Just hanging out. The fact is that I’m as bad as the rest; I just don’t know when to take a break.  […]

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Get some help from the Masterminds!

Next Mastermind Group is on 28th July 2014 You spoke. We listened.  What the KindredHQ community really want is a way to spur each other on and share experiences of running their freelance business. What’s a Mastermind Group? You can’t beat the energy, commitment, and excitement of a Mastermind Group and we’ve adapted the tried […]

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Why work life balance doesn’t exist

I do wish that we’d accept the fact that this elusive nirvana, so called ‘work-life balance’ doesn’t exist. Do you know anyone who has achieved it? There’s a fundamental flaw in the idea of work life balance.  The idea is built on the view that you have to make time for ‘life’ that is separate […]

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6 reasons freelancers love the Summer

I have discovered something rather unpleasant.  The leather on my second hand office chair at KindredHQ (my living room office) is not the best piece of office furniture to have on a hot day.  This is the reality of freelancing when you don’t have an air-conditioned office to go to. Our office employee friends probably […]

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How many hours do you work?

Sarah Browning of Browning York, is a communications specialist. She’s been thinking about what counts as ‘work’ when you’re freelancing I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked that question in the last few years. I understand why people ask; when you’re an employee of an organisation, that’s generally how your working […]

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Join us for Summer drinks and a BBQ!

With the summer sun shining, and holidays beckoning, we wanted to invite you to join us for an evening on the terrace at the Rotunda Bar at Regents Canal, very close to Kings Cross, to celebrate the Summer with an outstanding Barbeque menu! We are a friendly community of London freelancers and independents who work in lots […]

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Put your skills to work for Fcancer

‘Most of all, we want your time’, says Julia Krepska of Fcancer – a rather special kind of cancer charity. We all want to give to cancer charities, but – unless we’re HM Queen Elizabeth or a Russian oligarch – we probably don’t have an inexhaustible supply of ready cash. But if you’re feeling bad […]

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Admit it. You’re terrified.

I’ve discovered something.  It seems we are all living with a level of permanent fear. A surprising number of us, even those I’d put in the successful box, admit privately to feeling fearful a lot of the time.  Some will even say that it doesn’t go away, it is a continual feature in their lives. […]

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How to market yourself as a freelancer

James White, a freelance writer, gives some valuable tips based on experience to help market yourself as a freelancer. One of the hardest aspects of running your own freelance business is that it’s all up to you to find new jobs to keep the money coming in. A great portfolio of work, past client testimonials, […]

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Here’s to the crazy ones

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t […]

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