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There are hundreds of communities, resources, guides and tools which focus on self-employment - we’ve built Freelance Friendly to help you find people, places and things to feel more supported.

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Communities

Leapers

A community supporting the mental health of the self-employed - slack community, online resources, podcast and more.

Themes: mental health

Independent Work

An independent community of independent workers, built without needing facebook or slack. Supportive and informative, this community is lively and is producing brilliant content for all at worknotes.co.uk too

Themes: being a freelancer

Doing it for the kids

Online community focusing on freelancing parents. A podcast, lively community facebook group, meetups and blog. Especially useful for parents homeschooling right now.

Themes: parenting

blkbk

We're a non-profit community of freelance designers, developers, illustrators and makers, based in the UK, Europe & the US.

Sector: design

FJ&Co

Making the lives of freelance journalists richer. Tools, resources and community support for freelancers.

Sector: journalism

Being Freelance

The podcast every freelancer should listen to. Freelance tips, business advice and life hacks from freelancers to a freelancer.

Themes: being a freelancer

Freelance Heroes

A community of freelancers from across the UK; supporting and encouraging one another, skill sharing and representing their freelance network UK wide

Themes: being a freelancer

Creative Boom

Creative Boom Chat is live! It's a free and closed forum for creatives. We're keeping it that way for our community. Somewhere you can step away from social media and find a friendly, supportive creative crowd. Request to join here: https://chat.creativeboom.com 👀

Sector: creative

Musuem Freelance

A volunteer-run network set up to support and champion freelancers and consultants working with museums, galleries, archives, libraries, and heritage sites. We provide opportunities for collaboration, discussion and learning, offering advice to both the freelance community and organisations who want to develop their working practice with freelancers.

Sector: heritage

Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses

Members are coming together as a community to share their current challenges and to share advice, support and resources. It is clear that we are not alone - unfortunately the growing crisis of COVID-19 is causing individuals and businesses to lose huge amounts of work and feel the biggest threat to their businesses and livelihoods in a generation.

Themes: small businesses

Working Well

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

From: Mental Health Foundation

A guide focused on taking care of yourself during coronavirus

Toolkit for supporting yourself and others

From: Mind

At a time when things are moving and changing fast, we just want to make sure you’ve got some useful and practical information when you need it.

Work Well from Home

From: Leapers

Advice on working well from home under coronavirus

Small Business Finances

Self-employed? Here are the chancellor's new measures to help

From: Guardian

Guardian guide to the March 20th budget update for the self employed

Coronavirus Financial Help & Rights

From: Money Saving Expert

As ever, Martin Lewis and team are on the money with their brilliant overview and pointed resources on finances. They're updating their site regularly.

Coronavirus: Work, benefits, and finances: the ultimate COVID-19 guide

From: Moneymagpie

Wow - a remarkable rolling updated list on everything you probably need to understand about financial wellbeing and support under covid

IPSE: Advice for Self-Employed

From: IPSE

What IPSE is doing and advice for freelancers and the self-employed

What every small business owner needs to know about coronavirus

From: Bionic

How will coronavirus affect your business? What should you do next? And will your business insurance cover coronavirus COVID-19? We answer your questions.

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

From: UK Government

Official statement on advice for businesses during the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Working from Home Parents

DIFTK Homeschooling & Isolation Resources

From: DIFTK / Ross Wintle

A searchable/filterable list of home-schooling / home education / children's entertainment resources, curated from the Doing It For The Kids Facebook group

Crowdsourced list of resources for parents isolating

From: House to House

A lot of links were being posted in a local parents' WhatsApp chat so I built a quick directory of resources for those isolating at home with kids.

BBC Bitesize

From: BBC

Over the coming days and weeks we'll be changing to bring you daily content that supports you as schools close across the UK, to help you with your education and wellbeing.

Virtual Meetups

Crowdsourced Collections

Corona Virus Tech Handbook

From: Crowdsourced

Everything you need to work and connect

CoroSocials

From: Leapers

A list of regularly scheduled drop-in socials you can join online

Freelance Artist/Creatives Resources

From: Crowdsourced

A fantastic list of links and references to other resources focused on the creative industries.