6 financial tips to help freelancers struggling with the coronavirus slump
There are two million freelancers in the UK and it’s estimated that they contribute 125 billion to the nation’s economy. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on job pipelines amidst a global economic slowdown and a lot of freelancers have been hit hard by cancelled gigs and uncertainty.
Here are some things they can do to keep themselves afloat during this time…
1. Taking a mortgage holiday? and deferring your loan repayments
If keeping food on the table and paying bills on time looks like it could be a challenge, speak to your bank. On Tuesday 17 March, banks agreed with the Chancellor that they would offer forbearance? (tolerance and help) on mortgages.
This means that they should all be offering anyone struggling a three-month holiday, giving customers a temporary break from having to make mortgage payments during this time.
And it’s not just mortgages many banks will help those struggling to repay personal loans, including waiving fees for missed payments.
2. If you’re renting, speak to your landlord
The chancellor has sadly not yet announced direct help for renters, though he’s hinted that there may be more to come in the next couple of days.
In the meantime, if you rent your home and are struggling to keep up with payments due to Covid-19 related complications, you should speak to your landlord as soon as possible to work out a plan.
Thankfully, it has been confirmed that private tenants will not be evicted from their homes for at least three months even if struggling with their rent under emergency coronavirus legislation announced by the Housing Secretary.
3. Cut your costs
And cut them today. First off, make a list of everything you spend money on. Total it up and immediately cut the 10% of things that you already know you don’t need.
Secondly, more time indoors means that this is your opportunity to start cooking. Doing a weekly meal prep on a weekend and boxing up daily meals will not only save you a small fortune vs Pret or Deliveroo, but youll be much healthier too.
4. Cancel non-essential recurring payments
Considering freezing or cancelling those payments you don’t need, no matter how little they cost. Chances are that you’re no longer getting value from your gym membership, dental plan, magazine subscriptions, club memberships and other non-essential payments that have been chipping away at your bottom-line.
It would be worth calling your gym, for example, to explore your options including whether they are offering reduced rates or a payment holiday. Every penny saved is a boost to your budget and will help you to afford the essentials.
Founder and CEO of UnderPinned, Albert is an experienced Chief Exec and freelance strategy and development consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the arts, tech and freelancer sectors. A keen advocate of the flexible economy and regulation development in this area. Skilled in communication, a strong business development professional with an academic background in History and Philosophy of Science.