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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

10 reasons to love being independent

Of course, there are millions of reasons why you love working for yourself. But I’ve chosen 10 of my favourites.  They are a great reminder whenever you get a bit stuck and wonder whether you should go back to a regular salary. 1.     You just have to make enough money. Working for yourself means that […]

5 ways to get fit for freelancing

If you sit at your desk, dreaming of the day that you don’t have to deal with all the office politics, wondering if it’s possible to have days when you actually achieve something, then this is for you. First of all, let me reassure you.  Freelancing is about being free.  You really will benefit from […]

8 reasons to get galvanized

Sitting watching the rain come down again, it’s one of those days when motivation is hard to come by.  But the to-do list isn’t getting any shorter and I’ve got to knuckle down and get started. Everyone has their own secrets to getting motivated and here at KindredHQ, we’ve heard some great tips.  I’m digging […]

How to cure your networking allergy in 5 easy steps

There’s no getting round it. You have to get out and about making new business connections and networking when you work for yourself.  But the very thought of it makes many of us shudder. Business networking got itself a bad reputation in the past. It became associated with sleazy salesmen, back scratching, thrusting business cards […]

8 PR tricks every freelancer should know

There comes a time when all freelancers and independents have to face the possibility that their business needs a PR refresh. Some are lucky enough to gain most new clients through word of mouth, which is infinitely better than any press coverage, but if client prospects are drying up and you want to try a […]

9 things you won’t miss when you go freelance.

You still need convincing that it’s worth taking the plunge and going independent?  If you are still hovering over that decision to break free, this will give you food for thought. Organisations are often very similar regardless of their size.  Here are 9 things that we don’t miss about working for other people. 1. Presenteeism […]

6 ways to be paid what you are worth

It’s an art that every freelancer has to learn from the first day that you accept a client job, but even the very experienced and long in the tooth find the process of setting your worth difficult and rather nerve wracking. Many of us are not born for this part. Trust me, this goes right […]

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 […]


It doesn’t have to be like this

How many of you wake up asking yourself that question? I guess we all do, at least occasionally. Listen up.  We aren’t living in a medieval world of serfs and kings. The world in which we had to put up with our lot is long past.  Way too many people are sitting out situations that […]

2012: The Year of Independence

It’s a reflective time, the end of the year, isn’t it? A mixture of disappointment that you haven’t reached the (frankly out of reach) goals that you set yourself and excitement about what lies ahead. I’ve been looking closely at 2012 and I’m quietly happy to let the year go, having had my own ups […]

Days like this

It’s not like us to be all doom and gloom, but some days, it takes 200% more effort to get out of bed and make an impact on the world, and that’s especially true when the weather isn’t playing ball.  If you live in the UK, you will know all about it. We’ve had a […]