BBC NEWS - CORONAVIRUS; SHOULD FURLOUGHED WORKERS OFFER THEIR SKILLS FOR FREE

Free work in the freelance sector has been a curse for years. Now, many furloughed workers, with free time on their hands, are offering up their skills for free, but some freelancers are taking issue with the trend. Freelancer Club spoke with the BBC about the impact this could have on the freelance sector and why furloughed workers should think twice before giving up their time for free.  Read the full article here. 

SELF-EMPLOYED CLAIM £340 MILLION IN FIRST FOUR HOURS OF NEW SCHEME

The day the SEISS opened, £340 million was claimed in the first 4 hours. It was a bitter sweet moment for us at Freelancer Club. We had campaigned tirelessly for support and when it was announced, we were elated. However, as the details of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme emerged, we realised that an estimated 2 million self-employed individuals would be be eligible for financial support.

THE GUARDIAN - SELF EMPLOYED INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH

When the pandemic first hit, we were flooded with worried messages from freelancers who feared they would lose their clients and be forced to pause or close their business. Our first instinct was to support our members on a local level by offering one to one support, the option to freeze membership fees and opening up a lot of the premium benefits to all members. On a broader level, we felt the Government was ignoring the self-employed community and added our voice to demand financial support for freelancers.

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