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This curation contains some of the most pertinent recent articles on he issue of self employment/freelancers and thier emergimg importance for small businesses.
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Freelancers and small business

This presentation poses the question has the time come for freelamvers to play a bigger and more formal role in small businesses.
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introductory prentation on why freelancing has emrged and why it will be more important in the future. Also adresses the question "is this good for small businesses"?

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How to Manage Freelancers Without Losing Your Mind

A step-by-step guide to successfully managing freelance and outsourced employees. From programmers, to designers and writers. Complete w screenshots.
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One of the major factors in limiting the more widespread adoption of freelancers in small businesses is the lack of the management skills to manage resources not directly owned by the business ( management schools still have to catch up with this!). This article provides some sample practical frameworks which form a good starting point and can be adapted to a number of circumstances, especially in the technology area.

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How The Rising Gig Economy Is Reshaping Businesses

How The Rising Gig Economy Is Reshaping Businesses | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
Younger workers all around the world now want to work differently than their parents did. Here's what's in it for companies.
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Further insights from PwC on the potential far reaching impact of the rise of freelancing on the global economy.

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4 reasons entrepreneurs should hire freelancers - Chicago Business Journal

4 reasons entrepreneurs should hire freelancers - Chicago Business Journal | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
As an entrepreneur, how do you keep costs low while growing your business? Freelancers are a great way to assist in this process, but how do you know if they are right for you?
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A view from the US where freelancing is more developed.

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Here's Why The Freelancer Economy Is On The Rise

Here's Why The Freelancer Economy Is On The Rise | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
Two trends are helping independent workers land more workand tackle it more flexiblythan ever before.
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article makes the point that we are still in the early stages of this trend and it is not about "temp" labour but more strategic labour sourcing and the acquisition of talent. Companies need to get on board with this trend if they bare to remain competitive in the future

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Quick Start Guide To Hiring Freelancers For Your Small Business [Infographic]

Quick Start Guide To Hiring Freelancers For Your Small Business [Infographic] | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
Despite what folks say, outsourcing is not a dirty word. In fact, more and more businesses are jumping on the outsourcing train by hiring freelancers to assist them with various projects and tasks in…
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File and keep checklist for small businesses looking to take on freelancers for the first time.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle

BOOK REVIEW: The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
The highs and lows of forging your own path as an effective freelancer, writes Eugene Yiga
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if you are thinking of freelancing- a good starting point!

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How to maintain your company brand when your staff is self-employed

How to maintain your company brand when your staff is self-employed | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
With disruptive working practices evolving the workplace faster than ever before, self-employment is on the rise: but if your workforce isnt on your payroll how can you ensure your brand stays strong?
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One of the downsides for some managers/owners of taking on freelancers or self employed people is the necessity for a change in management style.

If you are not prepared to do this- then go to an agency and shout at them instead!

Here are some notes on how to maintain your brand  after implementing this change

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The curious case of low unemployment - BBC News

The curious case of low unemployment - BBC News | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
How did the jobless rate remain relatively low in the UK during the last recession?
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Good Guardian piece which makes the point that the rise in self employment id driving the economic performance of the UK every bit as much as the big corporates. When will government get wise to this fact and bring in policies to support the people

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How We Addressed our Main Content Marketing Pain by Outsourcing to Freelancers

How We Addressed our Main Content Marketing Pain by Outsourcing to Freelancers | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it

 is Content Marketing has become a means to speak to your audience, to raise awareness, to grow your image and to drive traffic to your website.

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this is a good example of how businesses can and often should use freelancers to better meet their business needs and at a reduced cost. Also describes the importance of getting the process and people right.

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Convergence of Self- Employment and Freelancing - Truelancer Blog

Convergence of Self- Employment and Freelancing - Truelancer Blog | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
world believed that self-employment is all about starting a business venture. But the growth of freelancing changed this belief.
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Points out the differences between Freelancers and Self employment. Makes strong case for the benefits of freelancing

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Self Employment and HMRC what you need to know

An HMRC video explaining what you need to do when self-employed in order to meet your tax and National Insurance obligations, and a description of some of the tax reliefs you may be able to...
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If you are new to freelancing/being self employed i the uk then this video is very useful for you

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Do freelancers represent the future of work? - CNBC

Do freelancers represent the future of work? - CNBC | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
By 2020, experts predict freelance workers will make up half the labor force. Here's how to manage your money if you're among them.
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the answer is probably no. However, for a number of people they do offer a bettter way of workiing. Harnessing these people is a potential differentaior for small businesses who do not want to pay the rates charged by agencies

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The UK's freelancing hotspots - Telegraph.co.uk

The UK's freelancing hotspots - Telegraph.co.uk | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
London is the top spot for freelancers, some of whom command hourly fees of up to £70
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Freelancing has grown since the last census by a huge amount to over 14% of the workforce. This analysis shows that this is phenomena is almost all urban in nature. This can be explained by the fact that it tends to be in the professional businesses such as digital and consulting. At the same time a high percentage of these jobs allow locational flexibility. These trends have  not yet been fully comprehended by policy makers and further emphasise the city region or subregional perspective that now needs to be reintroduced to economic planning

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The route to happiness is self employment says report | Press Release Service

The route to happiness is self employment says report | Press Release Service | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
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traditionally it has been thought that millennials and the IT related professions that were the key drivers for self employment. This piece suggests that senior managers are now following driven by a desire for better work/life balance

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5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change The Economy By 2040

5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change The Economy By 2040 | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
The 9-to-5 job is dying. But what will an increasingly independent workforce mean for the economy?
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Things will change undoubtedly in the labour market. Here are some ideas how!

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Rise of the 'silver self-employed' - Telegraph.co.uk

Rise of the 'silver self-employed' - Telegraph.co.uk | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
More people over 50 are choosing to go it alone, giving up their career to be freelance and branch out into new sectors - India Sturgis meets those performing a late-life U-turn
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Short piece on the rise of self employment for the over 50's as a step away from full time employment.

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Why Do Organizations Work With Freelancers?

Why Do Organizations Work With Freelancers? | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
VideoThe freelance economy continues to grow but there would be no growth if companies around the world didn't tap into this on-demand workforce.
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increasingly organisations are opting for freelancers. This video is one of a series looking at the reasons why

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Self-employed workers are the future. We need a fair deal for them

Self-employed workers are the future. We need a fair deal for them | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
A new review bodes well, but government needs to tackle late payments, pensions arrangements, maternity pay and procurement contract bids
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Sensible commentary outlining the reasons needs to acknowledge the trend towards self employment and develop a proper policy position. It is a more fundamental shift than just keeping the unemployment numbers down!

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Freelancers could account for half of working population in five years

Freelancers could account for half of working population in five years | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
Half of people in work will be operating in a freelance capacity by 2020, research predicts. 
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Article suggests employing freelancers could save SME's over £6k per employee. This would be most welcome for most small buisnesses. Also notes the rise of hyper specialisation as a further benefit.

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8 Ways For Your Startup To Successfully Outsource To Freelancers

8 Ways For Your Startup To Successfully Outsource To Freelancers | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
For the last few weeks I have been searching for a young entrepreneur who is absolutely crushing it and could show you how easy it is to be a successful startup
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Article points out that bootstrap type business models for new start ups are a good way forward in some instances- but you have to plan properly if you are going to adopt it

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Pension freedoms to boost wave of 'later-life entrepreneurs'

Pension freedoms to boost wave of 'later-life entrepreneurs' | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
Britain's boom in self-employment among the over-55s is predicted to gather pace. Opening a tea shop is high on the list in the South West
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A lot of attention has been given to over 55's diverting their pension funds into Buy to let schemes. This article makes the point that a number may well use the released funds to start their own businesses further pushing up the growth in small businesses and self employment. So not only are generation y looking for freedom- so are the now grey panthers of the post war baby boomer generation

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Who's Afraid Of The Freelance Economy? - Forbes

Who's Afraid Of The Freelance Economy? - Forbes | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
The American dream has always been about independence. But as more Americans earn their living in one-person businesses, economists such as Robert Reich and Larry Summers are getting worried about what it means for so many people to fly solo.
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Thought provoking article which points out that governments are not really buying into the self employment revolution. The main reason put forward is that they they are hard to tax and regulate! Some sympathy for this point of view. Government's really do need to" wake up and smell the coffee" and develop some positive policy responses.

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Why Freelancers Are Taking Over The World

Why Freelancers Are Taking Over The World | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
VideoNext week I will be keynoting the Staffing Industry Analysts Conference and the focus of my talk is going to be the freelancer economy.
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Certainly in some areas this is happening. However threr is a dark side- so called zero hours contracts

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Three Ages

Three Ages | Freelancers and small business | Scoop.it
You can work your tail off for decades and still not get anywhere. And the older you get, the scarier this becomes.
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Too near the truth for comfort perhaps?

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