National Freelancer Day, flexible working and a good cup of coffee

Here at Fugu, we recently celebrated National Freelancer Day on 23 November.

We’ve been working alongside the PCG and Freelance Adviser to deliver research on how freelancing has changed, how the self-employed feel about their work and what their advice would be for others taking the plunge.

Apart from stats revealing a 12% increase in UK freelancing (with a 25% rise amongst women) – surprisingly, coffee and Twitter are considered more important to freelancers than a smart phone! Local business networks with a support infrastructure also play a vital role, for men more so than women (see all our full, light hearted research here.)

Being Brighton-based, where freelancing is double the national average, we feel pretty privileged to be part of a community with a thriving local support network.

Brighton is a place of makers and do-ers. Collaborations are constant and ideas will always be heard. Organisations like Wired Sussex and Brighton Chambers of Commerce, as well as networking events like The Farm and Glug offer great opportunities to get to know fellow freelancers, creatives and business people. All in all, we like Brighton. A lot.

Away from our biased opinions, you can have a look for yourself how the evening panned out (with free tipple to boot), here.

If you were further afield, we hope you had a very merry National Freelancer Day, but if you’re still on the freelancing fence, have a gander at this from Creative Boom. Or this, from Freelance Adviser.

Dr. Martens Brighton launch party: a PR perspective

“Dream big.” That was the advice offered by Fugu PR [...]