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Finding your community as a freelancer

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On modern work, freelancing and mental health.

Whenever possible, we wrap up the conversations from our community in to useful articles and guides. Here are some of our thoughts.

May 23rd 2023
Series: Tangible Techniques
Work Well With Leapers

Find out more about our new support product, coming soon. Read.

May 18th 2023
Freelance Friendly
How to support your freelancers during Mental Health Awareness Week

It's mental health awareness week - which is a time for all of us to reflect upon how we can better support all of the people we work with, not just our employees. Read.

May 2nd 2023
Topic: Legal Rights
Guide to Contracts

An introduction to why contracts really matter, how they protect you, and resources for creating one. Read.

March 16th 2023
Topic: Money and Tax
Spring Budget 2023 - what does it mean for the self-employed?

The Spring Budget was announced on March 15, 2023 - we unpack the key announcements and what they mean for the self-employed. Read.

January 10th 2023
Series: Tangible Techniques
Done the work? Get it accepted

Just because you've delivered the work doesn't always mean the project is over. Freelance Project Director Charlotte Kelly shares her advice on having your work accepted by the client. Read.

January 9th 2023
Section: Research
Leapers Annual Report on Mental Health and Freelancing in 2022

Our annual study into the mental health of the self-employed during 2022 has been published. How are we doing, and what more can be done to support each other? Read.

January 7th 2023
Matthew's View
Once you go freelance, can you ever go back?

Having control over your work is about being able decide how you work, even if that means being in employment. Read.

January 2nd 2023
Series: Tangible Techniques
Back to work in January

Here is our guide to getting back into the swing of work during the dark January days. Read.

December 16th 2022
Taking a festive break for freelancers

Our tips on how to wind down for the holidays, when you're self-employed. Read.

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5m people in the UK are self-employed. Who is looking after their wellbeing at work?

Working for yourself can be rewarding, but it comes with a unique set of challenges.

We’re here to remind and encourage and support freelancers, the self-employed and small business owners to invest in the most important part of your business. You.

Supporting the mental health of freelancers and the self-employed.

We’re a community of support for the self-employed.

It’s free to join, non-judgemental, open and supportive - just what you need when you're either starting out as a freelancer, or established but fed up of working on your own.

Established in 2017, we’ve welcomed over 3500 members from across 22 timezones.

Discover our #askanything channel, #littlewins for celebrating, #worktogether for finding others to sit with, #brainfood for inspiration, #workwell for healthy habits and #theweeklyquestion to provoke debate.

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We create and curate tangible things that can help.

We distill conversations from our community plus insight from our friends, into useful guides, content and tools which help you navigate the experience of working for yourself.

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Working well from home under COVID19

Our collection of resources to working well during the pandemic not just for the self-employed.

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How you doing? Freelancing and Mental Health

Tips and techniques to look after your mental health when freelancing and self-employed.

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Podcast: No more watercooler.

Conversations with freelancers about their experiences of mental health and working for themselves.

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And we help businesses work well with freelancers.

We work with anyone who is creating better experiences for the self-employed, or wants to.

Access the resources available for your network of freelancers, offer membership to your community, enroll in our Freelance Friendly Businesses programme, or get bespoke support through our friends at y+x.

Get in touch to see how we can help you support the self-employed.

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How you can support the mental health of the self-employed.

Our aim is more supportive and sustainable work for modern workers. Read about our history and mission.

In the past three years, we’ve supported over 50,000 people - but that’s only 0.1% of the UK’s self-employed. To help us do more, we welcome support from individuals and organisations aligned with our goals.

You can support our work in three ways:

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Partners & Friends

We also partner with other communities and organisations who have aligned goals, or want to better support the self-employed: you can access our content, work with us to develop programmes and communities, access our network of insight or provide your products to our community - work with us.

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