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Living Wage 'Shockwaves' Hit Prices And Jobs

Employers are said to be scaling back their hiring plans ahead of the introduction of a National Living Wage next year, while Whitbread is to raise its prices in response. A survey of firms by the employment group Manpower suggested the jobs market was at its least optimistic for three years this month in the run-up to April, when staff aged over 25 have to be paid at least £7.20 per hour. It marks an increase from the current minimum wage of £6.50. The report said companies...

Tips on working with a remote team

Remote teams are a quite recent phenomenon. Awesome companies such as Buffer and Zapier (and a ton of other companies) have made it work. Here is what we learned while building Recurvoice with a distributed team and several freelancers for ad hoc tasks:   Trust We hired freelancers from Upwork that we never worked with before. Needless to say that it did not work out with everyone. Some were finishing important jobs too late, did not communicate well enough and so on. Aft...

7 Steps to Launch Your Freelancing Career Full-Time

Freelancing on the side is a great way to make a little extra cash or pursue a hobby. But for some passionate creatives and entrepreneurial types there comes a time when they wonder if they should make the move to full-time freelancing. Deciding to quit your day job and freelance full-time is scary. I should know. I just quit a great full-time job to freelance. But I decided that the benefit of being able to work for myself on projects that I love would be worth the r...

The complete guide to flexible work that doesn’t kill your career

Many people work happily and effectively from home. Research suggests that these “flexible” workers can be more productive and that they have higher levels of well-being, and much less depleting conflict between work and family. But these types of schedules come rarely and at a cost: There’s significant evidence that there are career disadvantages, including a “flexibility stigma” on advancement. And there’s a significant gap (paywall) between the pr...

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Startup on a Shoe String

While everyone is talking about the successful startups, there is hardly any data available about the failed ones. CBInsights recently published their updated startup failure post-mortem list with 34 new startup failure post-mortems from 2015. The reasons for the demise of these 34 startups are incredibly varied ranging from patent trolls (Ordr.in) to running out of money (Zirtual) to not gaining enough traction (Nebula, Circa) to suffering a Slack attack (Kato).   Zirtual is...