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The Leap

Opening the doors to self employment

3 Things I Learned in My First Month Working Super Remotely


Freelancing, contracting and working from home (or wherever) is a different world, it is often portrayed as ‘The dream’, the digital nomad s...

Credit Card Debt and the Art of Consumption Smoothing


The festive period has come and gone. You’ve had your presents, your dinner, your beach holiday. But then you get a letter in the mail, a cr...

Your Guide To New Zealand's Coworking Spaces


One of the big hesitations for people who are thinking about taking the leap from a permanent job into freelance work is the idea that they’...

How I Took The Leap #3: Gareth Poulter


After contracting in the UK for nine years, I’m no stranger to the pros and cons of contract work. But after having relocated here to New Ze...

Seasonal Craftspeople Receive a Helping Hand This Christmas


Christmas has come early for a large portion of independent craftspeople employed by the multinational corporation, C&C, LLC.   The wo...

[VIDEO] Kristen Lunman on The Future of Work: "It's Going to Be a Massive Shift for Women"


In this exclusive interview, Kristen Lunman (of Kiwi Wealth and Hatch Invest) shares her insights on the Future of Work and what it means fo...

Why Maintaining Your Financial Health Is Key To Your Wellbeing


Do you receive proper financial advice on a regular basis? Do you source your advice from multiple outlets? Professionals? Media? Friends an...

‘Portfolioism’ is the Future of Work: Here’s What You Need to Know


As more and more people begin to see the benefits of independent earning, it’s becoming all the more important for people to ensure they are...

Recruitment and the 21st Century: a Q&A with Find's Rob Woodward


Rob Woodward is a Founding Director at Find Recruitment, a recruitment agency that places contractors in Finance, Technology, Digital and Co...

How Wellington Startup enrichme is Reinvigorating the Arts


Tomas van Ammers is co-founder of enrichme, an educational platform that empowers New Zealand’s diverse creative communities to connect thro...

Quick-Read #1: Stacey Cottrill Catches the Boat


In the first of our ‘Quick-Read’ series, Stacey Cottrill discusses in three(ish) questions how she managed to overcome the challenges that c...

The Future of Charitable Giving: a Q&A with One Percent Collective's Pat Shepherd


Since 2012, One Percent Collective has been helping support New Zealand’s charities by empowering people to donate as little as 1% of their...

Bringing Designers Together: a Q&A with Design Assembly's Louise Kellerman


New Zealand’s foremost graphic and visual design community, Design Assembly, celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year.   The group be...

Sharesies Offer Investment Tips to Help Cultivate Your Perennial Portfolio


Do you have dreams of investing your money, watching it grow while you earn through other sources of income?   Most of the self-employed p...

How to Survive the Financial "Challenge" of Self-Employment


For a lot of self-employed people, it can be a struggle to make ends meet and plan for their future with a variable income. Luckily, there...

Spring Into Your Financial Plans This October


Did you know that October is Financial Planning Month…? We didn’t either, but apparently it is a real thing. It makes sense: the days are lo...

A Tramper’s Journey Through the Freelance Wilderness


My journey into self-employment began in my home country of France. After my last year at the University of Bordeaux, I was ready to receive...

Why It's A Huge Risk for Recruiters to Give Tax Advice


Back in April 2017, Inland Revenue NZ introduced their new policies around ‘Withholding Tax’ - essentially requiring a number of recruitment...

How I Took The Leap #2: Jon Batt


If you’re going to jump out of permanent employment, I reckon there’s just one moment where, all of a sudden, you know. You’re doing it. Thi...

How I Took The Leap #1: Eloise Page


Working for a small, private software consultancy meant busy patches were all about juggling multiple client implementations or upgrades - w...

7 Things Kiwis Need to Know About Self-Employment


Making the decision to start earning income independently can be one of the most rewarding and exciting choices of your life. You get to wor...

Self-employment has changed - most people don't need accountants any more


  It’s hard being self-employed. There’s a lot to think about, and a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders. For most self-employed peo...

3 things you can do to plan for the future if you're self-employed


When you’re a self-employed individual, contractor, freelancer or sole trader, one of the hardest things can be working out how to plan for...

The 'Gig Economy' - and what it means for New Zealand


The ‘Gig Economy’ is the growing trend for individuals to sell their services to others, on short-term, flexible contracts. Rates are charge...