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Online freelance facts

AN EXPANDED and up-to-date version of the NUJ's Freelance Fact Pack is now available online.

The Pack, which is also snail-mailed to members new to the freelance sector, covers professional matters, business matters, technology, wellbeing, and the way the NUJ is organised. There is information specifically for photographers, and there are new sections covering the sort of expenses which are tax deductible in the UK and a comprehensive guide to working as a freelance in Europe.

Each section is presented as PDF files which can be downloaded and then printed individually and is the result of 18 months work, reviewing, revising and updating the previous print-only version.

"The idea," said Freelance Industrial Council (FIC) vice-chair Adam Christie, who has overseen the work, "is that we can update the pack far more quickly than in the past. Indeed, this has already started." FIC chair Tim Dawson said: "The Fact Pack now covers a huge amount of information directly relevant to freelances, from the latest on whether it is better to trade as an individual or a limited company to essential guidance about copyright and licensing your work."

To read the Fact Pack, go to and click on "freelance" in the "Your Work" drop down menu. The link to the Freelance Fact Pack is towards the bottom of that section in the "members only" section of the website. The portal to the members-only section has instructions on how to register to get access to this area if you haven't done so already.

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