5 Essential Articles to Help You do Your Own Thing as a Freelancer

Earlier in 2016 we were greeted with the news that a record 4.69 million of us were working as self-employed individuals and freelancers. That's over 4 million people working for themselves, setting their own rhythm for the future of UK business.

Out of a UK-wide workforce of just under 31.8 million people, that's 15% of us working for ourselves.

15%. There's never been a better time to be a freelancer. So if you fit the bill as a self-employed mover and maker, we've put together 5 must-reads from the past month to help you get the best out of doing your own thing.

(1) How to Start a Freelance Business

Looking to join the 15% and escape the 9-5? Look no further.

This Success.com list will give you everything you need to channel your experience and turn the 9-5 into your own workplace drumbeat.

"One consistent recipe for success is to parlay corporate experience into an independent venture."

(2) How I Manage My Income as a Freelancer

Managing your personal and business expenses can seem like a daunting task at times - with a number of cards, accounts, and subscriptions scattered around.

"You need a [finance] system. Set it up once, and it protects you forever..."

At Curve, we're making managing your payments and accounts simpler, saving you money, time and headspace, all from the comfort of one card and one app.

For everything else, Kristin Wong shares the top tips on how to manage a game-changing freelancer finance plan.

(3) How to Become a Freelance Writer: Top Insights from 25 Experts

As many as 18% of self-employed workers in the UK turn to freelance writing. You can stand out from the crowd with these 25 gems of advice from those that have been there before.

"You are in control of how and when you turn your work in, and editors see and remember that..."

(4) 8 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Do Daily to Care for Themselves

Working for yourself means that you are your business, and that can be challenging. Luckily, Neil Patel shares his essential to-do's to maintain a healthy work-life balance, allowing you to get the best of yourself and your work.

"If you don’t take care of yourself and do things every day that put a little extra gas in the tank, then you’re dooming yourself and your business to burnout..."

(5) 7 Strategies for a Better Work-Life Balance in the Freelance Economy

Planning a daily routine to get the most of your work-life balance can seem daunting. If Neil's to-do's are about what you can do to keep your freelance work environment healthy, Forbes' Larry Alton will show you how to get there.

"[Freelancer's] economic and professional state demands some new thinking when it comes to managing a healthy work-life balance..."

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Alan McAlpine

Product Marketing at Curve 🚀

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