When Covid-19 hit in March, thousands of freelancers across the UK lost work overnight and in turn, the prospect of a regular income (or any income in many cases).
Ahead of a second national lockdown in the UK, Boris Johnson has announced updates to the SEISS support scheme.
It’s official, the UK’s been hit with a second wave of Covid-19. And unlike the first wave which hit in early spring, we had a fair idea that this wave was coming. This foresight however, doesn't necessarily mean that we were more prepared for a second surge.
I recently wrote an article about the second SEISS grant (which, by the way, you can still apply for up until October 19th). I discussed the main details of this grant, the eligibility criteria, and how one could go about claiming it.
From today, self employed individuals can apply for the second SEISS grant. The grant, which aims to help those whose earnings have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, is worth up to £6,570. In this article, we’ll give you the rundown on this new grant - how it compares to the first grant, how you know if you're eligible and how you can claim it.
Way back in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, we were outraged and hugely disheartened to see so many self employed people left behind without adequate financial support from the government. A shocking proportion of full time freelancers who are PAYE and taxed at source, as well as all those who started freelancing in the 2019/2020 tax year, were deemed ineligible to receive SEISS.
We’d like to thank all the freelancers and startups who came along to The Freelancer Club online Showcase Event! An impressive 150 freelancers and startups came along, and we’re still buzzing from connecting with all you like-minded, talented folk. It was kind of like speed dating for freelancers and startups... And we loved it!
As lockdown restrictions are finally easing, freelance models, photographers, stylists, hair and makeup artists are (understandably) eager to get back to working on shoots. However, the close contact required means that extra strategic planning is needed so that things can run as safely as possible. I spoke to two Freelancer Club members to see how getting back to work has gone for them since lockdown.