How to become a freelancer
The Microbusiness Collective
by The Microbusiness Collective
3y ago
How do I become a freelancer? Said no one. Ever. I can hear some of you drawing a sharp intake of breath. You’re thinking that this is going to get out of hand quickly. Bear with me. I’ll explain. We all see lots of places online offering advice and information with step-by-step guides on how to become a freelancer. A great many of these guides start in the same way: Find a service to offer that everyone wants and get really good at it. But sadly, life rarely works like that. Only a tiny fraction of the freelance population decided to become a freelancer without already knowing what it is they ..read more
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A global minimum corporation tax rate is great, but it still doesn’t level the field
The Microbusiness Collective
by The Microbusiness Collective
3y ago
In early June of 2021, a historic agreement on a global minimum corporation tax rate was reached between the member countries in the G7 group. This deal sought to address the ‘race to the bottom’ of ever-decreasing corporate tax rates in some countries as they seek to attract businesses and capital to their borders. The morally questionable tax avoidance antics of large corporations have long been a source of great annoyance for micro-business owners since, for the vast majority, the blatant unfairness of the existing system that allows huge amounts of tax to be avoided is breathtaking. Micro ..read more
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It’s a challenging time to be a small business owner and it’s likely to remain so
The Microbusiness Collective
by The Microbusiness Collective
3y ago
Being a small business owner has always been difficult, but 2020 and 2021 have taken the challenge to a whole new level of difficulty. The covid pandemic has left small business owners all over the UK, and indeed the world, wondering how to continue and in some cases, considering if it’s worth the effort. It really has been an incredible period since late March 2020 and many of our micro and small business owner friends have not made it this far. Many fought valiantly to stay afloat but the length of time combined with a lack of support have ended their small business dreams. Most didn’t have ..read more
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Coworking or renting? A quick look at the maths
The Microbusiness Collective
by The Microbusiness Collective
3y ago
Coworking is a rising trend that has been badly affected by the global health pandemic, but now that we feel we’re coming slowly out of lockdown, could it surge once again? I think so, so I thought I should take a very quick look at coworking versus renting from a purely financial point of view and for my own single-person business situation. Coworking is a subject I learned quite a bit about several years ago. The idea for The Microbusiness Collective came about as a result of collaboration in a coworking space run by my co-founder Tom McCrorie. When I first looked around for an office I saw ..read more
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Six essential freelance tools that will save you time, money and stress
The Microbusiness Collective
by The Microbusiness Collective
3y ago
If you’re a freelancer, you’re probably always looking out for great freelance tools that will save you time and energy, allowing you to be more efficient with your time and to safeguard those all-important deadlines you’ve agreed with customers. While there’s no substitute for knowing your discipline and being properly organised, having a set of tools that can save you time and effort can be a huge benefit. We thought we’d take a look at six essential freelance tools to save you time, money and stress. Snagit From Techsmith, the makers of the well-known Camtasia video editing toolset, SnagIt ..read more
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Spotting a rogue customer could save your business
The Microbusiness Collective
by The Microbusiness Collective
3y ago
A rogue customer might not be top of your list of concerns when you’re thinking of protecting your business. We’ve all watched the daytime TV programmes about rogue traders and we know how damaging it can be to engage an unreliable supplier, but have you thought about how damaging a rogue client could be? For some businesses, bad customers pose as much of a threat as bad suppliers and for a few good reasons. So, how do you spot a rogue customer and what can you do about it? A rogue customer often doesn’t pay on time and some will never pay at all When you’re running your own micro business, ca ..read more
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Things I learned through being an inventor
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by The Microbusiness Collective
3y ago
Lots of microbusinesses are based on a great idea or an idea for a great product, so in this post Cass McNamara reflects on some of the things she learned when inventing and creating her own products. Members can find Cass in our expert panel if you have more questions. The prequel to business and my evolution as an inventor and product developer. So here are some of the things being an inventor has taught me. To be an inventor you must love a puzzle. Not every puzzle can be solved the way you would like it to be. Your invention takes over your life as you focus on it. It really is your ‘Fran ..read more
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It’s good to talk
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by The Microbusiness Collective
3y ago
How focused are you on implementing your marketing strategy and achieving your company objectives? Do you even have a strategy? How often do you ‘speak’ to your clients, your targets and your contacts? The business landscape today is crowded, and consumers are distracted. So it is important you don’t take a careless or lazy approach to marketing. Building a brand presence takes time. You need to ensure you are constantly speaking to your audience and actively engaging with them so you are at the forefront of their minds when they come to making the decision to purchase services.  In today ..read more
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Goal setting and success
The Microbusiness Collective
by The Microbusiness Collective
3y ago
Many of us spend more time planning our holidays and family events than we do figuring out where we want to be in 5 or 10 years time. Taking time to work on your goals, when you want to achieve them, how much you will need to cashflow them gives you a much better chance of achieving them. Whether it’s that dream home or car, or being able to work 3 days a week – goals are personal to us. We set goals to give us focus and direction, to ensure we are clear on the output. Once we are clear we are much more likely to take action – we move and as we do, gain pace and momentum toward our goals. Once ..read more
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