We're the team for
people without a team.

Leapers is a support community for anyone who works differently - with a focus on mental health for freelancers.

Our mission is to make modern working more supportive and sustainable for modern workers.

We offer both a community of support and access to tangible things that help.

We’re 80% community, 20% lab,
100% open, 100% free.

We are Leapers.

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We work well together.

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If we’ve found something brilliant, we share it. If there’s something missing, we create it.


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We work with organisations to improve the experience both freelancers and the businesses hiring them.


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A guide to mental health
for the self-employed.

We’ve recently published our first ebook, a set of techniques to help look after yourself, when working for yourself.

Grab a copy for free.


or view all our resources.

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Conversations with
modern workers
on mental health

We're talking to our members, asking about their experiences of freelancing, self-employment, and working well.

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Our research report into
mental health and freelancers.

We asked over 500 freelancers about their work, their mental health, and the relationship between the two. Find out how we feel.

Find out more.
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of Support.

The beating heart of Leapers is our core community on Slack.

Established over two years ago, we’ve welcomed over 1000 members from across 20 timezones.

It’s free to join, and you’ll be welcomed by our community hosts, who are here to make sure you get the most from our group.

You’re welcome to join, lurk until you’re comfortable, and then introduce yourself. We’re non-judgemental, open to all, and best of all, one of the most supportive communities you’ll be part of.

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October, 2019


I am looking to connect with a brilliant techy/ops/process led mind to discuss a platform that measures the impact of wellbeing therapies on the individual and businesses. There are many variations of platforms out there but needing some guidance which could potentially lead to work. Any advice or suggestions will be much appreciated.


It's not me, it's you! Breaking up with clients is hard to do - so this week's #theweeklyquestion is ... how do you end things with a client when the project has gone awry, or the relationship is not working? What experience have you had here, or what advice might you share?


Massive win this afternoon. Just got my mark back for my masters dissertation and got a first. Worked so incredibly hard for this so I’m absolutely buzzing and feeling very proud of myself right now!


If you haven't seen @Mia Freitas's "being a freelancer is...", Check it out. It's so accurately observed. https://instagram.com/beingafreelanceris


It's not all talk. If we’ve found something brilliant, we share it. If there’s something missing, we create it.

To add your resources,
or to create new things - work with us.

Leapers say,
Leapers do

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

Meet the Chief Freelance Officer.

Ensuring that there’s someone who has taken the time to design the way in which your teams find, onboard, integrate, support and build relationships with your external talent, is critical as more businesses move towards flexible work forces. Read.

10 Mental Health Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Go Freelance

When you’re stepping away from the support of a team, there’s a risk to your wellbeing, with money, stress and loneliness high on the list of ongoing issues. If you’re thinking of taking the leap, ask yourself these questions: Read.

The five foundations of freelancing.

Designing how you want to work requires thinking about the foundations for being able to work, and doing good work. Not just finding the work. Read.

There's plenty more where these come from. See all of our articles.

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Helping the hirers.

A large part of our work is working with organisations who want to work better with freelancers.

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

Our resources are available to share with your community or network of talent, and we can offer bespoke support through our friends at y+x.

Get in touch to see how
we can help you help others.

Support us.

We’re a non-funded community - our members simply support each other.

1. Share our message - awareness of mental health and self-employment is critical. Tell your network about us.

2. Join a project - we need volunteers to get involved. Sign up to support our projects.

3. Become a partner - we love to work alongside people with similar goals, find out how.

4. Become a patron - we are not funded in anyway, so patronage is welcomed.

5. Do something for your freelancers - if you're an organisation who works with freelancers, work with us to improve things.

leapers is a unincorporated community association,
powered by matthew knight + friends.