Swarm Gets Connected - Weekly Picks 13th July

At Swarm, our agile business model is bolstered by the talent of our flexible working freelance community to develop and deliver on our brand experience projects which excite and inspire our clients and their customers.

We understand that lockdown has unfairly affected those contractors and freelancers that we work closely with. Therefore, this week we're sharing resources, advice and insights to connect freelancers and support their businesses as we continue to navigate these uncertain times.

We’re always looking to expand our multi-disciplined network of freelancers for creative and boundary-pushing projects. Get in touch with us if this sounds exciting to you.


Connektd launch inaugural Event Freelancer Summit
Our friends at Connektd have created the virtual Event Freelancer Summit, to open up conversations around Covid-19 and the devastating impact on the events industry. With industry professionals leading virtual sessions, they hope to discover solutions and provide support for one another. Register to join the virtual event here. 

The best online Communities for UK Freelancers right now
With the many benefits freelancing brings, there are also downsides such as loneliness and disconnection, especially over recent months. Here’s a selection of recommended digital and in-person communities for like-minded freelancers to help grow your network and share the unique experience of freelance life. 

A Freelancer's Guide to the Coronavirus Downturn: jobs, resources and support networks
As we’re all acutely aware, the coronavirus pandemic has seen a swathe of marketing campaigns paused or axed entirely, and the trend is likely to continue as more and more clients in retail, entertainment and hospitality pause or stop trading. The Drum has curated an evolving resource of support and information for freelancers in production and creative industries, including who’s hiring, where to upskill and also how to access support. 

Upcoming Boom for Freelancers
Here’s some good news for independent workers and freelancers, according to Upwork’s Future Workforce Report, the coronavirus pandemic meant that businesses have found value in flexible talent, especially in circumstances where they need to move quickly to grow and scale dynamically. In addition, 61% of hiring managers agree that bringing in outside skills from independent professionals helps keep full-time employees up to date with their skills.

Building the Future Freelance Marketplace
Another great article, this time looking about what the future talent marketplace might look like after we emerge from the current pandemic conditions. The recent, enforced ways of working, have revealed that organisations who accelerate their adoption of the flexible, blended workforce, also benefit from shared commercial opportunities and collective innovation.

Image credit: The Drum