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Preparing yourself to go freelance

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… read more

Find out why it makes a difference.

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… read more

Know your freelancing p's and q's.

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… read more

The 4 signs that you are ready

Now we know that many of our readers are not, in fact, freelancers or independents.  Many of you are still in corporate life or employees.  This article is for you, because you may be considering the freelance life and, from where you are watching, it may seem like it’s a great escape plan from the… read more

Because you are worth it!

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… read more

It'll do you the power of good

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. … read more

Your freelance friends are here to help

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… read more

But you can create the life you want

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… read more

Understanding ‘survivor bias’

It’s a natural tendency amongst us lone rangers to big up the successes of our peers.  We need the confidence that all things are possible and that each of us could be a success story.  There’s certainly a lot that we can learn from the heros of the freelance economy. The over-emphasis on the successes… read more

How to get ahead of the pack

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… read more

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