The Human Freelancer

Happy and honest self-employment for conscientious newcomers

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In these fruity talks I’m giving students, inspiring them to freelance in Leeds, I’ve said that getting a crap job is a great way to start. Why? Because it helps you find your place in the world by observing the mechanical inefficiencies of British commerce from within. Find what grinds your own gears – what’s wrong with the world, then set about putting it right.

But what is a ‘crap job’? Let me define.

A crap job is the kind of job you ought to do, in the absence of any better alternative at the time. It might be what your parents wanted you do to, something related to your qualifications or degree, or even something as harmless as icing McBurgers. It’s just a job that you know, deep down, that you won’t do forever, just for a short while, until the early signs of Stockholm syndrome kick in

The Human Freelancer book

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Self-help business books perpetuate the myth that success is relentless growth and more of everything means progress. They preach about bookkeeping and market research: things you might need to do of course. But let’s face it they’re fucking boring.

The Human Freelancer book is your antidote: stuffed full of emotional support and insightful advice for vulnerable newbies to self-employment like you.

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