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Advice

How to Survive the January Self Assessment Rush

Everyone knows that preparing and filing your annual Self Assessment return is stressful. Between grappling with HMRC’s rules, putting together your evidence of income and allowances and racing against the 31st January deadline, it can feel like an...

Posted by: Crunch
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Events

We’re exhibiting at Connect: London

So - how are your business finances? Do you know how you’re going to make an even greater success of them? Could you be paying less in tax? And what about those bits you just wish someone else could take care of, so you could get back to doing what...

Posted by: Crunch
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Advice

Three reasons to file your Self Assessment early

No-one really enjoys filing their Self Assessment. It’s that unwanted chore that you put off until the last minute, before flying into a mad January panic when you realise time’s almost up. It might not surprise you to know that, historically,...

Posted by: Crunch
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Careers

How healthy are your freelance business finances?

Working as a freelancer in the creative industry is highly rewarding, but it can also be a daunting process to keep on top of your finances being out on your own. There’s lots to think about including whether the rules of operating as a sole...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

How to cut down on freelance admin

Sponsored Post As a creative freelancer, you’ll often have more choice over projects and freedom in the way you work compared to people who work full-time for one company. But you’ll also have more paperwork to handle - something that is...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Creating A Basic Freelance Contract

As a freelancer, a contract is the most important document to align with the client on an assignment and to protect yourself financially. You should not start any project until you receive a signed contract from your client. This video will take you...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advice

Going freelance? We wrote the book

Going freelance: being your own boss, working flexibly, and taking charge in an industry you love. For many creative types, successful self-employment is the dream. As companies realise the benefits of outsourcing projects, the opportunity to...

Posted by: Interactive Design Institute
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Advice

Top five to-do items for the freelance 2015 list

Hello and happy new diet to you. No? Happy new gym membership, maybe. Not that either? Happy new I’m-only-drinking-alcohol-at-the-weekend. Getting warmer? Or perhaps the number one aim in the Land of You is get a happy new job. If so, good...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Advice

Touchy feely: when you're a freelance, it's all about THEM

If you’re a freelancer who’s got a steady stream of work coming your way - either from the same loyal clients who know you and trust you, or from referrals from said loyal clients, or you’re very good at selling yourself and you...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Bidding for freelance work on websites. A mug's game?

For the jobbing freelance there can only be one priority. Ahead of the bookkeeping, email answering, blog updating and business card ordering - there's nothing more important than bringing in the work. And, when the industry is buoyant, it's not too...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Bad accounting habits to give up for the new tax year

The end of the tax year is approaching, which means it’s time to think about making a few resolutions to make your business better over the next 12 months. So if you’re considering making a fresh start during the new tax year, are there...

Posted by: FreeAgent
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Features

A freelance copywriter's letter to Santa.

by Magnus Shaw. Dear Santa, I'm not sure if you're aware, but Christmas is coming. Next week, apparently. With this in mind, I thought I'd better drop you a note to outline some of the stuff I'd like you to provide. I suggest you take the Harley...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Mike Watkins - Freelance Graphic Designer

- View Mike's Creativepool profile ‘Don't just hold out for the cool ad or design agencies - there are thousands of other companies out there that have marketing/design departments' Describe your work in one sentence. Creative pixel...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Permanent vs Freelance

Perm or freelance? You decide! This month's article will help you decide whether your next move in the industry is focused towards the permanent or freelance side. Jonathan Lindon, MD of Source, will explain the pros and cons of both, leaving it up...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How to... Make sure you get paid for a freelance job.

We recently had a freelancer get in touch with us who had found a brief through the site, completed the work required - but still hadn't got paid. Well, to help them and those who may be in a similar position, we have created these notification...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How to... Become a Freelance Designer

by Creativepool. Most design agencies at some time or another will need to hire freelancers or contract out certain pieces of work. Sometimes [fairly often in fact] agencies will hire in freelancers to free-up the in-house design team so they can...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Sign here. Introducing the new freelance/client contract.

by Magnus Shaw Freelancing - it's a tough old game, eh? You don't know if you're coming or going half the time. Working in your jim-jams one day, sipping a latte in a la-di-da marketing agency the next. Occasionally you even miss "Cash In The...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Agency v freelance. Better pay, better work or better life?

Years back it was said that creative people that chose to go freelance were either too old to be considered for full-time employment or simply not good enough to cut it in a top agency. In those days, I’m going back to the 80’s here, the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Vinnie Chieco. The freelance copywriter who named the iPod.

The year is 2001. Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter from San Francisco is sitting in the offices of Apple Inc. He and a small group of other freelance writers are here to name a rather interesting new product Apple is launching. Before the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

180LA 180LA announces that two new teams will be joining the agency, bolstering a highly regarded creative group. Copywriter Will Sands, previously at Deutsch and AKQA, will partner with Art Director Robison Mattei. Prior to joining the team at 180,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

M&C Saatchi M&C Saatchi has appointed Kate Bosomworth as its new Chief Marketing Officer, marking the first appointment to the management team by Giles Hedger, CEO at M&C Saatchi. Appointed to the Board of Sport England in 2013, Bosomworth has been...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Social Media

Snapchat shares plummet after disastrous debut

Last night, shares in the boldly named Snap, the parent company of the snap-happy social media picture sharing titan Snapchat, fell by almost a quarter after the app reported significant losses and poor user growth. The company's first results as a...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

Top Tech Trends of 2017 from the Industry

AI, VR, AR. 2016 was very much the year of the double letter acronym, and, if our panel of industry experts is to be believed, then 2017 looks set to take the developments of 2016 and push them into overdrive. We asked a number of industry experts...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

From Freelancer to Business Owner: How do you get there?

We’ve advised and helped many candidates make the switch from a permanent position to freelance when the right thing has come along and vice versa. We’ve previously shared some first hand advice for both, the switch from freelance to...

Posted by: ADLIB
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Advice

Free online finance guide for freelancers

Unsure what your freelance rate should be? Fed up of pesky late-paying clients? Too scared to take a holiday? You need A Field Guide to Freelancer Finances! Packed with tips, reports, real life stories and much more, our free ebook is all about how...

Posted by: FreeAgent
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Job Description: Exhibition Designer

Exhibition designers are responsible for the design and layout of shows and exhibitions. View People View Companies View Jobs Job Description, Salaries and Benefits Exhibition designers are responsible for the design and layout of shows and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Say what? 15 ridiculous things overheard in agencies

Here's a little plug for a Twitter feed we can all enjoy. Called @AgencyQuotes, it simply compiles strange, amusing and ridiculous things which have been uttered in the offices of creative businesses throughout the land. Highly entertaining and...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Video Games

Top 5 Weirdest Flappy Bird Clones

Tiny Flying Drizzy - Are you a fan of chart-topping hip-hop star Drake and a fan of Flappy Birds? If so, this is the game for you. Collect Grammy Awards as Drake's disembodied head in this vaguely creepy clone that looks as if it were cobbled...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Carat strike gold with £550 million Government account

The Dentsu Aegis Network's Carat agency has officially snatched the £550 million UK Government buying account from GroupM, the media-buying division of WPP, after GroupM filed a claim at the high court in London to challenge the decision. The...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

McCann reclaim Coke from Leo Burnett in China

McCann recently won back the Chinese Coca-Cola account they lost to Leo Burnett back in 2007. The switch will not be affecting Leo Burnett's Publicis Groupe siblings or WPP's Ogilvy, which handle the Coca-Cola owned brands Sprite, Minute Maid and...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Ogilvy CommonHealth New Jersey promotes five and makes two new hires

The health behaviour experts at Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide announced yesterday that its New Jersey office had made five promotions and made two new hires. Promotions Former account executive Libber Werner has been promoted to the role of senior...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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News

The $35 billion Publicis/Omnicom merger faces major hurdles

The planned merger of major, global advertising holding firms Publicis and the Omnicom Group has hit a few major hurdles of late, which will need to be resolved before the $35 billion merger can take place. The first major hurdle to overcome will be...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns

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