John Gordon Ross

A Man for All Reasons

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What’s the difference between freelancing and being self-employed? None, as far as I can see, except that if you are something art-farty-sounding like a designer, you will call yourself a freelancer – self-employment is for plumbers. Rollocks, say I. But if you have come from the world of corporate hierarchy, you will find the changes in lifestyle and work philosophy drastic, and even if you have been self-employed (or freelancing) for years, you can always do it better. In either case, here are some freelancing feeds you may find interesting, useful, or even amusing.

Wake Up Later : Design & Digital Musings

Why I Stopped Freelancing

Posted 2 years ago

My first three years out of university were with three different employers. My responsibilities ranged from Flash games to HTML templates to ecommerce coding. They were all fine jobs, and each paid more than the previous, but none were quite right for me at the time. I was probably a bit of an entitled twenty-something as well. So after saving … [Link]

Twenty Beautiful Ampersands

Posted 5 years ago

Tracing back to the first century, the ampersand began as a combination of the letters 'e' and 't' to spell "et" (meaning "and" in Latin). Although its form evolved over the centuries, you can still see the "et" in many modern forms. Nowadays, it's a part of every designer's toolbox as one of the most distinct elements in typography. … [Link]

My Five Business Resolutions for a New Year

Posted 5 years ago

I like January. When a new year comes around, it helps me focus on the future and brings fresh energy into the workplace. Granted, feelings pass quickly and without careful resolutions and follow-through, it's easy to squander the new year's energy. So after some thought, I've made a few resolutions. I don't expect everyone to agree with them, but perhaps … [Link]

The Wealthy Freelancer

The “Peanut Butter” Strategy for Getting More Business

Posted 6 years ago

About the author: Steve Slaunwhite coaches freelancers in how to get all the ideal clients and great-paying projects they want. To book your FREE 30-minute coaching session, email steve at It’s often been said that if you go the extra mile for your clients, you’ll be rewarded with more repeat business and referrals. That’s true. But you don’t necessarily have … [Link]

Hear Ed LIVE Tomorrow on BlogTalkRadio

Posted 6 years ago

Hi folks, Ed here. We’ve been invited back for a live interview on Sandra Lee Schubert’s talk show, Wild Woman Network: Conversations with Creative Vagabonds, Thinkers and Innovators. You might have heard Pete’s interview a few weeks back, now it’s my turn. Hope you join me there — here are the details: Topic: Tips and advice on life as a … [Link]

Catch Pete Live on BlogTalkRadio Tomorrow

Posted 6 years ago

Hey everyone, Just a quick post to let you know I’m being interviewed tomorrow on BlogTalkRadio’s Wild Woman Network: Conversations with Creative Vagabonds, Thinkers and Innovators. Topic: Tips and advice on life as a freelancer, with a peek at some great stuff from the forthcoming TWF book (yes, book!), The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets for a Great Income and an … [Link]

Envato Tuts+ Business

How to Build an Audience For Your Live Stream

Posted 8 months ago

“Going live” used to be reserved for TV networks and radio stations. Now, anyone with a decent internet connection and a computer or mobile device can broadcast live online—anytime, anywhere—using applications like Periscope, Facebook Live, Twitch and YouTube Live.We've looked at the kinds of live broadcasts you can do. After you start, the real challenge is attracting—and building—an audience. In … [Link]

15 Best BuddyPress WordPress Themes: To Make Social & Community Sites

Posted 8 months ago

There is no doubt that small business owners are busy. Their task list seems never-ending, so it stands to reason that they could use as many tools as possible to make their daily lives easier. One such tool comes in the form of a WordPress plugin that many web designers or business owners themselves would overlook as not essential. But … [Link]

How to Discover Your Ideal Social Media Voice

Posted 8 months ago

Setting the guidelines for your social media strategy and optimizing your social media profiles are the first steps towards a unified and impactful online presence. In order to reach your audience and be memorable, you need to stand out.With the right actions, you can quickly distinguish yourself from the competition, by tapping into your most powerful asset: your brand. When … [Link]

Freelance Advisor

End-hirer liable for underpayment of worker’s salary under AWR

Posted 3 years ago

Since the Agency Workers Regulations were introduced on 1st October 2011 very few cases have yet come to Employment Tribunal (the ones that have are detailed here), but in September 2014 an Employment Tribunal found that the end-hirer of the agency worker, not the agency that actually employed the worker, had to compensate the worker when she hadn’t been paid … [Link]

Freelance Advisor is dead; long live Freelance Advisor

Posted 3 years ago

Over the next few weeks Freelance Advisor readers will notice a big change: our website will no longer exist. Now now, hear me out. This isn’t goodbye. For almost seven years Freelance Advisor has been run as a sort-of non-profit arm of Crunch. The team that writes the stuff for Freelance Advisor are the same people writing stuff for Crunch … [Link]

Government funded Occupational Health Service for SMEs

Posted 3 years ago

In early 2013, the government unveiled details of a scheme aimed to save Employers money and help tackle long-term sickness absence in the workplace. Figures from 2011 estimated that sickness costs UK Employers £9 billion a year. This summer the Government announced the new scheme – the Health and Work Service – would go live in April 2015 (with roll-out … [Link]

Freelance Jobs

SEO Web Design/Web developer Professional – Website Programming Freelance Job

Posted 18 months ago

Hello Applicants, We are TemporaryKitchens123, we are currently looking for SEO web design/developer professional. We have a total of 100 websites that need current optimization. 3. We will check all work with SEO site checking tools. You need to know how to manage the following steps: 1- Full on-site SEO 2- Make site responsive if it in not responsive (some … [Link]

Social Media Link Builder – Multimedia Freelance Job

Posted 18 months ago

We need somebody who can handle our Social Media Link Building. We have about 200 profiles that need to be created: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and gmail (google +) for several different websites. You need to know how to get the verification codes by using your own cell phones. Fixed Price $.50 -$1 per profile made. If you KNOW that you … [Link]

Spanish property guide – Book Writing Freelance Job

Posted 18 months ago

I am interested to commission a ghost writer that can assist me on writing a Guide on How to buy a property in Spain. I shall provide the guidelines and notes, but I require a UK native writer that engages primarily a UK reader. It's not written in an academic, or corporate style but light, humorous, cheeky, positive and against … [Link]

Elance Blog RSS Feed

Magento: The Ecommerce Solution For Your Business

Posted 6 years ago

Recently we've recognized the growth of Magento by showcasing companies who have used it to rebuild their core business, and even sponsoring the X.commerce Innovate Developer Conference last week. Still unsure of how Magento can help your business better sell your products? Writer and editor James Well has worked with a number of online retailers, and provides an introduction to Magento … [Link]

Web 2.0: Internet Trends for 2011

Posted 6 years ago

Through the first three quarters of 2011, we've seen a wide range of Internet trends develop and others sustain momentum, from the adoption of social media around the world, growth of mobile and apps, evolution of ecommerce, to the rise of Android and the consistency from Apple. These were among the key Internet trends presented earlier this week at the … [Link]

Join Elance at App Developers Conference and Hackathon

Posted 6 years ago

The mobile app ecosystem continues to grow and exceed everybody’s expectations, gobbling up news headlines along the way. Some recent examples include: According to a recent research report from analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of mobile app downloads worldwide will reach a staggering 98 billion downloads by 2015 1 billion apps are downloaded on the Apple app store every month, … [Link]


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  • 1 Andy Curtis // Jan 31, 2009 at %I:%M %p

    I’d have said “freelancing” involved working out of your own home or office as writers or designers do, but “self-employed” meant working on other people’s premises, which is why plumbers and electricians are self-employed.

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