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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.

November 22nd 2020
Guidance for the Self-employed during COVID

The final section of our updated Work Well during Lockdown guide focuses specifically on freelancing and self-employment. Read.

November 20th 2020
Time to reset the numbers on your fuel-tank.

It's time to accept that for a while, we’re all going to be running slower and shorter, rather than dipping into that reserve tank. Read.

November 16th 2020
Fed up of doing work you don't want to do?

What value does each project you work on offer you beyond money? Read.

November 14th 2020
Do you celebrate the day you first went independent?

Celebrating your Leaperversary - the day you went independent - is a great way to reflect on your business successes. Read.

November 6th 2020
Our spoons are getting smaller.

Leapers Founder Matthew Knight shares his experience of depleted energy and why mental health cannot be an afterthought, but a life-long investment in ourselves. Read.

November 4th 2020
Working well during lingering lockdowns.

What are our recommendations for making sure you are looking after your wellbeing whilst working from home? Read.

November 2nd 2020
Looking after yourself in lockdown - don't forget the basics

Don't forget the absolute basics of working well from home during lockdown, as we enter a new phase of restrictions. Read.

October 27th 2020
Eight reasons not to chase an overdue invoice.

We give ourselves excuses to avoid dealing with conflict, but we must tackle late payments head-on, and not accept responsibility for the bad behaviours of others. Read.

October 19th 2020
Dealing with meeting overload during covid

The pandemic has led to an explosion of over-communication and meeting-overload for many. How do we rethink about how meetings play an important role in our work, whilst also protecting our own energy levels during the day? Read.

October 12th 2020
Why mental health at work matters even more when you're freelancing

Now you’re working for yourself, is mental health at work still relevant, or is it just something big corporates do? Here are five reasons why mental health at work matters even more now you’re self-employed. Read.

October 8th 2020
Good mental health for all includes your freelancers

If you believe the future of work is more agile, dynamic, diverse and open to all, and than mental health at work is important to the success of your business - then make sure you include all of your team, regardless of employment contract. Read.

October 2nd 2020
Covinter is coming - preparing for a second lockdown and looking after your mental health.

Six months of long, ongoing, persistent stress, even if its low level, even if you’re fit and well, is not healthy for anyone. Now is time to reflect again on how you are you working well from home, and make sure you’re keeping things in place to continue to look after your wellbeing. Read.

September 26th 2020
How keeping an Energy Diary could help you to redesign your day.

Keeping track of your energy, motivation and focus helps you to better understand your own patterns - and highlight any opportunities to redesign your working habits. Read.

September 23rd 2020
Lockdown 2.0

As we approach a second lockdown - how is this time around different to before, and what will Leapers be doing to support you as our community members? Read.

September 20th 2020
The emotional journey of the self-employed.

Mapping the common emotional experience helps us to identify when and where we can collectively support the mental health of the self-employed. Read.

September 12th 2020
Warning: instructions not clear.

Finding a line between management, autonomy and hoping for the best - supporting freelancers takes more than a clear brief. Read.

July 24th 2020
Are freelancers more or less likely to return to clients' offices, post-covid?

Are freelancers more likely to push back on heading on-site if clients ask? Or our members excited to get some proper face time with their team now? Read.

June 26th 2020
Small business owners who bank with Anna and Revolut might be frozen out of accounts.

A number of ‘e-account’ banking accounts and pre-pay platforms will be subject to activities being frozen by the FCA over payment provider “Wirecard” which powers apps including Anna and Revolut. Read.

June 25th 2020
Tackling lockdown lethargy by doing the things we love doing

Remember to balance things you have to do with things you want to do - and schedule is those enjoyable activities, as part of your plan for tackling lethargy. Read.

June 16th 2020
Distraction free working with Do Not Disturb mode

Get a handle on those little notifications which interrupt your focus and flow. Read.

June 12th 2020
Tackling lockdown lethargy lack of motivation

Putting things off rarely helps us get things done - so use this technique to prioritise things you're less motivated to do. Read.

June 1st 2020
Tackling lockdown lethargy with routine.

Adding a little light structure to your day can help tackle decision fatigue and lockdown lethargy. Read.

May 26th 2020
Tackling lockdown lethargy by looking at your diet.

Putting some thought into how your diet affects your energy and mood levels is essential for kicking that lockdown lethargy. Read.

May 25th 2020
Did you forget someone last week?

It's important to remember the mental health of everyone on your team - not just those you employ. Read.

May 14th 2020
Beating lethargy by getting active.

Exercise is a critical part of keeping our physical and mental health positive during lockdown. Read.

May 8th 2020
Feeling low and slow? Consider your sleep health to tackle lethargy.

After days and days of unusual, uncertain and unsettling times, a new feeling is starting to kick in - a sort of continual tiredness, low energy, low motivation: lethargy. Read.

May 4th 2020
1. Write article about the benefits of lists

Even if you're not a person who likes to plan, lists are an amazing tool in helping to keep on top of our mental health - and are especially valuable right now, whilst there's a lot going on (even if there's not a lot going on). Read.

April 17th 2020
"I think you're on mute" - Ways to make video calls less stressful.

We all need to take time ask whether we’re new tools in the best possible way, so we work well together - regardless of where we’re sat. Read.

April 9th 2020
Five reasons we're missing the commute.

Commutes create a useful boundary and regular time to use however we wish, let's create a positive commute whilst working from home. Read.

March 19th 2020
Leapers is moving into Calm Mode.

Leapers is changing our strategy over the coming weeks, and moving into 'calm' mode. Read.

March 17th 2020
IR35 reforms postponed until April 2021.

IR35 'off-payroll' reforms have been pushed back by twelve months, in order to better support small businesses during COVID-19. Read.

March 13th 2020
Working from home needs more slacking and less Slack.

We all need to give ourselves a break, literally and emotionally - else we risk burning out from the very same modern working practices which promise a better way of working. Read.

March 9th 2020
Key things to consider if you're freelance and worried about coronavirus.

COVID-19 is looking set to have huge impacts globally - should the worse happen, and you need to stay at home, what things should the self-employed think about to prepare for the coronavirus? Read.

February 26th 2020
Four ways to tackle the anxiety IR35 might be creating if you're self-employed

IR35 is causing stress and anxiety for many self-employed and freelancers in the UK - here are some of our thoughts on how to better manage those concerns. Read.

February 13th 2020
Imposter Syndrome and the self-employed

A feeling of self-doubt of your skills regardless of evidence to the contrary, affects 70% of people, including the many of the self-employed. What is it and what can you do about it? Read.

January 13th 2020
It’s National Clean your Desk Day - Five ways to keep on top of the mess when you’re self-employed and don't even have a desk.

You might not have a desk, but today could be a great day to think about some small business housecleaning techniques which may help manage your stress levels as a member of the modern workforce. Read.

January 10th 2020
Dear Harry and Meghan, here's five things to think about now you're working for yourself.

We're offering our support to the newest members of the independent working community. Read.

January 7th 2020
6 predictions for 2020 that anyone working with freelancers need to consider.

As more people move to freelancing - what will we see happening in 2020, and what do businesses need to do to lean into the modern workforce? Read.

January 1st 2020
Why 2020 is the year businesses need to start being more freelance friendly.

Many businesses are not actively considering how to work with freelancers in the most effective and supportive way, with freelancers often being ‘bolted on’ to teams and expected to get hit the ground running. Why does this matter? Read.

December 28th 2019
Why every freelancer needs a cheerleader on their team.

Identify those in your network who might be your cheerleaders - those who can give you some objective positive praise, and shout about you to others Read.

August 10th 2019
When every organisation uses freelancers, who is responsible for them?

In modern work, the lines of responsibility and support are blurred — but there’s benefit in organisations taking increased responsibility, rather than less. Read.

July 27th 2019
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.

May 13th 2019
10 Mental Health Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Go Freelance

Ten important questions to ask before you make the leap to self employment. We don’t always have the answers, but sharing and talking helps, and just because you work alone, doesn’t mean you are alone. Read.

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