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April brings changes and updates to our Indycube Community Membership

Become a Member

In October last year we announced we were giving away FREE membership to our benefits package until the end of March 2018. Hundreds signed up and we’re really grateful to all those who’ve joined and become our “founding members”.

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We take a look at Universal Basic Income, the possibilities and pitfalls, and introduce you to our own branch of IndyIncome

What is it?

In its most basic form, (pardon the pun) Universal Basic Income is a regular, unconditional payment for every citizen across the country. Understandably, there’s still argument about the figures - but the general consensus is that it should be enough to live off, i.e. a living wage.

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It's the match of the century - classic corporate networking vs getting to know someone over a cuppa

Love it or loathe it, networking is an intrinsic part of running your own business. Getting to know new people and potential clients is imperative if you want to push forward and secure future customers. But it doesn't all have to be suits and business cards.

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We're proud to be a paperless organisation!

"Going Paperless" is the ethos of digitising anything that is unnecessarily applied to paper, such as invoices, documents, letters and cheques.

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Indycube Community - Westminster Work and Pensions Committee (January 2018)

Indycube Community have been asked to give evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee tomorrow morning (Wednesday 17th January) regarding Universal Credit (UC). Mark Hooper will be speaking as Founder of a cooperative representing freelancers and the self-employed, and has gathered evidence from Indycube Community members and individuals who have found themselves affected by the recent rollout of Universal Credit in the UK.

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New Job, Basic Income... my first week at Indycube Community

Jo Hinchcliffe has come on board as a Connector for IC. His role will involve liaisng with members, traveling from coworking space to coworking space, and drinking alot of coffee. Jo wrote a great post about Universal Basic Income following his first week with us, which we thought we'd post here, because sharing is caring:

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HOST: Sterling Rees Acountants  - 24TH JAN - 9:30AM - 1 PM

An opportunity to come and meet tax and accountancy professionals to discuss any questions you may have in a free drop-in clinic. Whether you are unsure how to form your business or if Corporation Tax needs to be paid, need to file a personal tax return for Income Tax, want to discuss financing a new project, gain an understanding of a shareholder's agreement, have to work out which VAT scheme to use or find out how to run your own Payroll you can come and ask the questions you need to our friendly team.

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Sarah Rees shares her thoughts on becoming a Mum in today’s economic climate

In 2014, Sarah gave birth to a baby girl. She quickly learned the true cost of motherhood, and since the birth of her second child in 2016, feels she has been priced out of a fulfilling career due to the overwhelming cost of childcare.

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These are the primary issues freelancers and indie workers are likely to face in 2018

As 2017 draws to a close and we begin to unwind, we’re also looking forward to a brand new year and all it has to bring. Even as they set up their Christmas trees, freelancers and indie workers everywhere are busy preparing for the future of work, with certain needs and concerns prioritised above the rest. We asked our members what was most important to them - this is what we learned.

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Try our our new space in East 17 absolutely free!

We opened our Walthamstow Indycube as of December 15th, and are offering the use of the space for free until the 22nd for small businesses and freelancers to try out in the run up to Christmas. It's located in the Old Cooperative Bank on Hoe St in Walthamstow, and you can just turn up to use the space.

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Work where you live as rail fares increase

Rail users will be affected by the biggest fare increase in five years from 2018. The average ticket price across England, Scotland and Wales will go up by 3.4 per cent, meaning some passengers who purchase season tickets will be nearly £150 a year worse off.

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Our opening hours this December/January

The Christmas season is fast approaching. We hope you'll be spending as much time as possible relaxing as 2017 comes to a close but, just in case, here are our Opening Hours over the festive season.

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Indycube Community - response to the Autumn Budget (November 2017)

Some predicted a bold Budget, to create the all-important political narrative and to show that the government were in control, while others thought Philip Hammond might play it safe to minimise opposition to the proposals. There were a few interesting aspects, but sadly not anything that will make daily life easier for indy workers.

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Our expectations of the Autumn Budget (November 2017)

With the Chancellor due to present his Autumn Budget to Parliament on 22nd November 2017, we have outlined what we expect (and hope) to see for the self-employed. In response to the current climate of uncertainty and instability, and despite the fact that the last Budget was only six months ago, Philip Hammond is reportedly planning a “bold” Budget. Following the publication of the Taylor Review earlier this year, we do expect to see changes focussing on independent workers. These are our predictions:

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It's Start Up September, but will your start up be succesful?

September - we’re going back to school and college, reverting to routine and reaching for our Autumnal jumpers. There’s a shift business-wise too - more Start-Ups than ever will launch this month.

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Indy Working: What is it and who does it?

Simply put, an indy (or indie) worker is an independent worker. This is quite a broad term, and can cover the self-employed, freelancers, contractors, gig workers and business owners. You could be a sole trader or in a partnership, or the director of a limited company - if you work for yourself, and are responsible for paying yourself, you are an indy worker.

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James Baker | Aviva Funding Appeal.

James is a founding member at Indycube Community. Please watch the video below and help support James by voting for Hereford Make on the link provided. Each person has 10 votes and every one can make a difference. If we can get James over 3000 votes we can help to secure further funding for his makerspace in Hereford.

Help us help James, so he can help others. You can vote here:

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Ian has just launched SheetCNC, an affordable alternative to commercial CNC routers. operates from a small machine shop in rural Pembrokeshire. They offer bespoke engineering solutions and consultancy as well as manufacturing SheetCNC kits. Their self build CNC kit retails at a fraction of the cost of a standard commercial CNC machine. Ian also runs workshops for makers and product designers at the FABLAB in Pembroke BIC home to IC Pembroke Dock

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New locations and the benefits of basic income: musings by Dai Lloyd

Just to introduce myself, my name is Dai (David) Lloyd and I’ve been working with Indycube for a few years now in various guises. I started working as an associate from the first Indycube location at Culverhouse Cross some five years ago now where I plotted word domination of the pop charts with my record label and music publishing company “Rheidol Records.”

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Hats Off To Sustainable Fashion: MAYKHER's Autumn/Winter range

Welsh sustainable fashion brand MAYKHER® strides forward with the launch of their follow up accessories range and continue leading the charge on slow fashion.

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The Importance of Mental Health Awareness for the Indie Employer

It’s Mental Health Awareness Day (10th October 2017) and we’re bringing you some concerning statistics about mental health in the workplace.

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Working from the comfort of your own home is not all it's cracked up to be...

Working from home can come with multiple benefits, from taking calls in your pjs to listening to your favourite station on the radio, but there are also many hidden pitfalls to the quickly growing trend for freelancing and remote working. Although working from the comfort of your own home seems great on paper, the downsides will quickly become apparent in practice.

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Get the help and extra services that you don't get with your car insurance will provide access to Total Motor Assist, a multi-car, multi-driver membership package of accident management services that sits alongside your car insurance.

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Know your rights, get supported

We know that seeking legal advice can be daunting, and for many small businesses or individuals, legal aid will often go unsought due to fear of not being heard, falling under the radar or receiving large unpredictable costs. That's why our membership benefits package includes Legal Support. Our legal support team can advise on a broad range of legal issues, including, but not limited to: Best Practice, Legal Advice and Personal Injury.

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Which tech tools do the people at InMyBag think indy workers need to know about?

When you work for yourself, you often find yourself performing several roles as well as your particular area of specialisation; during any given month you may find yourself doing your own PR, accounting, networking, admin and negotiating, to name a few!

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What exactly is the gig economy and why should you care? 

The gig economy is sometimes referred to as the ‘sharing’, ‘collaborative’ or ‘platform’ economy, and means that a worker will be paid for each ‘gig’, rather than by the hour. Gig workers are self-employed, freelancers and contractors, and therefore are not entitled to a guaranteed minimum wage, sick pay, annual leave, maternity/paternity leave, pensions or any of the other benefits and protections that employees might take for granted. Couriers and drivers are the most often cited type of gig worker, and there has been a rise in gig workers in recent years, accelerated by the development of apps and platforms, but musicians, producers and construction workers can fall into the category too.

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Combat loneliness as an indie worker with these coping mechanisms

Working independently brings freedom, ownership, and autonomy, but it can also bring isolation and loneliness. Long hours working alone, dealing with problem clients or cashflow issues by yourself and struggling to maintain that tricky work/life balance can all contribute to loneliness. Here we explore a few ways to avoid and manage loneliness and keep you happy and healthy, though it’s worth mentioning that if you are worried about the way you are feeling, you should see your GP.

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Believe you can and you're half way there

We all have good days and bad days, but often we can’t afford to waste valuable time in a rut or going around in circles. How do we stay upbeat, motivated and productive, especially when we have more responsibility on our shoulders than company around us? Here are a few tips that we find effective...

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An unexpected journey to infinity (well, Walthamstow...) and beyond...

For me, it all started in Swansea back in 2012. I'd been banging the drum locally about shared workspace and had played with the idea of a multi-use work studio for years. The truth is, I couldn’t see a way forward. Rent and rates were prohibitive, there seemed to be space everywhere, but no way to access it. I'd been working with a business mentor called Jules Mallory Skinner, as well as Huw Williams who had started Swansea Creative Hub and was now freelancing for Coastal Housing.

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Our pick of indycube's top 6 idyllic Welsh coworking spots perfect for travelers.

Freelancing can take you up and down the country on various expeditions. While some independent workers travel for business, others may choose to spend a day of their holiday time wrapping up some pressing last-minute tasks. Others still may seek out exciting and interesting places to work, and where better when rambling than the Celtic landscape of Wales?

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Beginner’s Guide to Coworking

It’s a huge part of what Indycube is about, and something that has become increasingly popular over the past few years, but what exactly is coworking?

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Are you ready for this jelly?

Some of our members and coworkers are already very familiar with Jelly coworking events but, for those of you that haven't had the pleasure, we thought we’d put together some info.

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Free tools and apps for indie workers, freelancers and small businesses

A catalogue of handy tools, sites and apps is essential for any indie worker or small business - and if they’re free, even better! We’ve summarised some of the best free tools for you here, from invoicing to time management and design (including some lesser known gems).

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From coworker to community member

2011 was an interesting time. It was my first attempt at freelancing, following an interesting year in London. I worked closely with another developer on a few projects, though remotely. Neither of our homes were suitable for a group workspace due to modern definitions of double rooms and the other requirements of such a space.

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