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 […]

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 […]

Welcome to Generation D

Decentralisation, delamination and digitisation: Welcome to “Generation D” Remember the nine-to-five? Remember a time when you didn’t work from home? When you took a couple of weeks on a beach somewhere and forgot all about work? How about a time when you went out for an hour at lunchtime as opposed to eating a sandwich […]

What do you value?

Sarah Browning has been thinking about values and how important they remain when you work for yourself. I’ve just finished a really fun piece of work with one of my clients where I’ve been involved with a consultation on organisational values. It’s been fun for many reasons: I’ve been travelling all over the UK; I’ve […]

5 signs you should go freelance in 2014

In her first guest post for KindredHQ, Sookie Lioncourt, a freelance writer looks at the 5 signs that you are ready to leave your cubicle and go freelance. It takes a lot of courage to break free from the 9 to 5 grind of a regular job. For one, the security and benefits of regular […]

Join the ‘Better Work Tour’

The Greeks had a word – eudaimonia – which translates to ‘the good life’. More specifically, they described the good life as ‘…rich with relationships, ideas, emotion, health and vigor, recognition and contribution, passion and fulfillment, and great accomplishment and enduring achievement.” Alex Hillman of Indy Hall coworking space in Philadelphia knows that is the […]

Meet Amanda Boyle @ Sandwich Sessions

Join Amanda Boyle of BloomVC, the crowdfunding platform for any type of project or business you want to kick start for an entertaining lunch hour. Starting a business, turning that idea into reality, is always a challenge. But the current economic situation is making innovation and growth of new businesses so much harder. Access to […]

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How to get out of a rut

In Kathryn Hall’s latest guest spot for us, she reminds us that it’s the simple things in life that can get you going again. A couple of weeks ago I packed my bags and headed off to the beautiful city of Edinburgh. If you haven’t been there, Edinburgh is a wonderfully romantic city. Full of […]

Boundaries are better than balance

Jessica Chivers explains that it’s not work-life balance that counts but boundaries, and listening to the little voice inside… Through my work I have the privilege of hearing other women’s aspirations, concerns and insights into the minutiae of what it takes to be at their best. One thing that comes up time and again is boundaries. Not […]

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Live life on a whim!

Sarah Browning is throwing caution to the wind and trying life without a plan.. To me, autumn time has always meant new beginnings and exciting new projects. A bit weird, when the leaves are coming off the trees, I know, but I put it down to being in full-time education until I was 21. And […]

Who pays you late?

Want to know whether your new client has a track record of paying you late? Steven Renwick has created Satago, a new database of late paying clients for freelancers and small businesses. He tells us more below. If you’re working as a freelancer in the UK you don’t need to be told that late-payment of […]

Who gets the Freelancer Dividend?

Independent working is becoming ever more popular. But who reaps the benefits? Colin Newlyn puts forward the argument that independents should see more of  the Freelancer Dividend. More and more people are becoming freelancers or independent workers of some description, providing a growing economic benefit to the economy. The key issue is not about the size of this benefit […]

Desk of the Week: Restoration Man

Firstly, I have a confession. Strictly spreaking neither my wife or I are freelancers in the sense that we work for many different clients. I’m putting a toe in the water as I change direction via a fixed-term contract, but we both get the opportunity to work from home on a regular basis. I should […]

Hello. I’m new.

Sarah Browning stuck her toe in the water and tried Jelly pop-up coworking  for the first time. And here’s her account. This is it, I’m finally here – my first KindredHQ Jelly co-working event. My first Jelly event of any sort, in fact. I’m sitting at a table with a cup of tea, my laptop, […]

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Desk of the Week: The Composer

You will have heard Richard Canavan, or at least, his music. He creates award winning music for film and TV. Oh, and he’s an independent – with a desk. Here’s his desk-story. ‘As a composer, I’m pretty much tied to my desk for work. If I’m not here, then I can’t really get any composing […]

Keeping the faith

Sarah Browning returns this week with advice on how to keep confident about your expertise. In the past week I have had two experiences that have given me cause to think about my role as an ‘expert’.  I’m not sure whether I thought of myself as an expert when I was employed by someone else […]

Desk of the Week is reborn #1

By popular demand..(OK, Alex Butler missed the quirkiness of our readers’ working environments), we have brought back Desk of the Week.  This week, archeaologist and author Francis Pryor emerges from the bookshelves, hoping to find space to write We designed the layout of our house when we built it in 1994. The room that became […]

Nothing like a good spring clean

Our resident accountant, Rosie Slosek of One Man Band Accounting offers us some Spring cleaning advice for your accounts.  (Oh, and she makes a mean chocolate brownie for her clients too….) Spring is that beautiful time of year when Spring has sprung, the days are longer, the daffodils are blooming, and the last month before […]

How to hunt down your mojo

In this week’s guest post, Kathryn Hall of My Virtual Sidekick has been hunting down her missing mojo. Here’s a little tale about yours truly. Last week my mojo left me. Just upped and left. Not a word, not a whisper, not even a few scrawled words on a post-it stuck to the fridge. Nothing. […]

Your accounts need love too

Rosie Slosek, One Man Band Accounting reckons we need to give our accounts a Valentine’s hug. Valentine’s Day for your accounts? Allow me to explain. 14th February is about love and romance, yes? Showing appreciation to your partner, celebrating your relationship. If you’re single, it can be about being miserable – or a day to […]

Small things matter

Sarah Browning shares this thoughtful guest post with us on why the small things in life matter most. A couple of days ago, I was looking at my one-page summary of all the things that I want to do with my business in the coming months – my summary business plan, if you will. I […]

The tax therapist

Our resident tax therapist (ahem..Rosie Slosek of One Man Band Accounting) wants us to relax and get your forms in. It’s tax time again. Less than 2 weeks to go. The signs of frustration can be heard all over the land. Have you done yours yet? I’m in a coffee shop today with a reward […]

In the mood

Anna Levy at Hub Islington writes for KindredHQ this week on the impact of the so-called January Blues, (SAD) and how we can beat them. If you believe what you read in the papers, the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year. The idea of Blue Monday is of course […]

I’m new around here

Tommy Darker, a musician, shares his very personal experience setting out on a freelance career in London, a new city. “… I am free! Total freedom. No boss. No pressure to wake up at 5am anymore and no constraints on my creative integrity. It was my choice after all, right? It was me that quit […]

At your service

Juliet Simmons our guest writer this week wonders whether customer service is easier for the freelance or independent business. When I was about ten we went on a family holiday to California.  There are many things that I recall about that trip (how lucky I was to go, meeting Mickey Mouse, mountains of food) but […]

Freelancing. A noble profession

Simon Wicks argues that freelancing is a word that describes the diversity and talent of independent professionals. ‘Hi Simon. Pleased to meet you. So, er – what do you do?’ ‘I’m a writer.’ ‘Wow. Cool. What do you write?’ ‘Anything anyone pays me to write.’ ‘Oh, right. Ok.’ ‘You were hoping I was going to […]

Being amazing

Humility is the key to being amazing, even if you are your own boss.  This week’s guest article is from Juliet Simmons, who runs her own consultancy, Piece of Cake. I’m not normally one to read the saccharine sweet self-help emails that sometimes find their way into my inbox or on to my Facebook or […]

Desk of the Week #17

The sticky forest’s lull is popped with the birth of a creative pioneer. After three months of observing and absorbing from under my mother’s bark I have been launched into an adventure across the skies of the city of London, sparking dark spaces and feeding visual poverty. In my premier week I have been illustrating […]

Desk of the Week #15

OK.  Prepare to fall into the serenity of our Desk of the Week, which belongs to copywriter Maggie Richards. ‘Perhaps the happiest bit of a nomadic freelance life is balance: take away sushi while working in bed and free cake every day of being in-house; co-working in cafes and curling up alone in the countryside. […]

The Routine Holiday

This week, Chelsea Louise Haden, our guest blogger, talks about re-inserting routine into her freelance life. I’ve always had routine in my life since I can remember. It all began when I was 5 with my 7pm bed times after my nightly sessions of the Flintstones, then my curfew of 8pm on weekdays and 9pm […]