What’s your #workstyle?
We believe that enjoyment of life is in the little details. It’s taking the long way to your favourite coffee shop. It’s paragliding between meetings. It’s having the time to marvel at your child’s first wobbly steps—because you’re able to work when and how you choose.
Great work is still at the heart of what we do. But we know everyone works differently and the best work can be done at 6 am before the school run, in a campervan while exploring the world or after taking a few days rest to recover from the last big project.
Our global community of freelancers believes that flexible working is the future of work and that our #workstyle movement will redefine the very structure of work to be better for everyone.
Ready to do your best work and find your #workstyle? Join our community for a new, empowering way to work.
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How it works
Each Hoxby decides when and where they work, creating a workstyle for themselves that fits with the other important aspects of their life.
Depending on their circumstances, this will likely mean trading traditional employment for self-employment, or a combination of the two. There are certain tax obligations that come with this, and we offer discounted internal support from an expert to help Hoxbies ensure they are setup correctly.
It’s free to join Hoxby but we do have a comprehensive selection process. If successful, we then continually seek to combine your skills with other members of the community to create highly specialised teams that work together in delivering services to clients. We never put one person on a project, but instead always a combination of people who form a brilliant team.
Our teams collaborate across time zones by using cloud-based systems and proprietary processes to do so as effectively as they would if they were working in the same room.
Our handpicked teams work with large-scale and scale-up businesses, including:
We don’t guarantee anyone work within The Hoxby Collective, but we do believe that you deserve to get out what you put in, so here is a little more about what we ask our members to give, and what you can expect to get in return:
- Support and promote the workstyle movement
- Deliver exceptional work, seek to set a new standard
- Help us build the world’s most talented virtual community
- Use the tools we provide to help bring in new projects
- A workstyle that fits around your life and changes to suit you
- More of the work you love (and less of the work you don’t) for prestigious clients in industries that particularly interest you
- Belong to an inspiring community of talented and like-minded individuals around the world
Our community is only ever as strong as the contributions we make as individuals and so the ethos of #GiveGet is ever-present in the way we operate.
We provide consultancy and agency services across:
The Hoxby Collective is a new concept that provides a platform for the best talent to do what they love, be part of a fantastic community, and create a flexible workstyle to best suit their ever-changing lifestyle. When we explain the way we work people always have questions, so we have answered the most common ones here. If you’d like to ask us anything not listed here then we’d love to hear from you.
> Are The Hoxby Collective a recruiter?
No, we aren’t. We don’t recruit people for companies, nor place people a certain number of days a week. We curate world-class teams by bringing together talented individuals from within our community to answer briefs and solve problems. We are accountable for the collective output. We facilitate our Associates working on the projects they love, when it suits them. Although sometimes this does involve working out of our clients’ offices, we do so only occasionally and mostly in our Hoxby teams. (We do know some great recruiters though and are happy to pass on their details if that is what you are looking for!).
> Will I be employed by The Hoxby Collective?
No. All of the individuals in our community are freelance professionals, who have the freedom to choose where and when they work. This means everyone either operates as a sole trader or a limited company. Even those who provide services to the ‘core’ of The Hoxby Collective (providing the branding, workflow planning and administration that make us run smoothly) are freelance. We believe it’s the only way everyone can truly choose their own workstyle.
> Why not just employ people flexibly? What is the added benefit with The Hoxby Collective?
We believe that genuine flexibility can only be provided if power is given to each individual to decide exactly how and when they work. Employment contracts by their nature are a commitment to work for a single company, and usually with regular working hours – we don’t believe either of these should be forced upon anyone. Talented people should have the freedom to work in the way that motivates them.
> Can I really work in any way and from anywhere?
Yes! We actively encourage our Associates to manage their own workstyle to fit perfectly with their lifestyle. We know that life changes month to month, and week to week, and work should change with it. We are very happy for all of our Associates to work differently from each other and to change their working hours as often as they like. Because of the systems we use for delivering our work, we create teams from different corners of the earth who work very effectively together.
> How much will I get paid?
It’s up to you to decide your daily rate. We ask you to tell us your preferred day rate in our application form and we do our best to ensure you get this on all the projects you work on. We prefer you to pick from our drop down list in the form, but there is also space to add your own commentary. For example, some people are willing to work for a reduced day rate on projects in certain sectors (e.g. for charities) or on projects where they can benefit from accelerated learning from either the work or the senior team on the project. For guidance on how to set your day rate, click here
> Do I have to work part time? Can I still work 5 days a week?
This is completely up to you. Some of our Associates work 5 days a week, some work 37.5 hour weeks more flexibly in a way that fits around their lifestyle. Others work weekends, or evenings, or only in the afternoon. It is completely up to you, and you can work as much or as little as you would like, so long as you deliver fantastic work and we can find you the right projects to work on.
> Do I need to give up my other projects/clients?
We don’t guarantee work for our Associates. Some of our Associates already work as freelancers or contractors for existing clients who they want to keep working with. Everyone in the community always has the option to work on other client projects outside The Hoxby Collective, we just ask that you are transparent with us about how much availability you have to ensure we don’t sell more of your time than you have available.
> Can I bring work I’m doing directly with an existing client to The Hoxby Collective?
Yes, absolutely. Some of our Associates find that they take on projects that they would rather deliver as part of a team rather than by themselves, especially in order to delegate either more junior work, or work with specialists who can take on parts of the project. We are always delighted when our Associates and Partners bring projects to The Hoxby Collective in this way.
> What is ‘Hoxby Home’?
Once a month we organise a ‘Hoxby Home’ day, when we rent a house or inspiring space and any of our Associates can come along, either for the full day or just drop in for part of it. Associates can meet other Hoxbies, bounce ideas off each other, and generally have some company for the working day, whether they are working on Hoxby projects or not. This is a great opportunity for people to meet the founders, Alex and Lizzie, and other members of the Core team in person too. They can can come along for just an hour or for the whole day – whatever is convenient! We provide breakfast, lunch and snacks, and head out for a few drinks afterwards too. Currently we are only organising these in London, but as we grow we have plans to launch Hoxby Homes in other places around the world soon.
> With everyone working remotely, how can I collaborate effectively with other associates?
Whilst the Hoxbies are all over of the world, we are a tight community who come together over the phone, through video and messenger chats and also in person on our Hoxby Home days. Through modern technology, we are able to collaborate extremely efficiently in shared virtual spaces. Visit our blog to get a fantastic insight into what it is like to be a Hoxby Associate.
> Do I have to pay to become an Associate?
No, it is free to become an Associate. Though at the time of joining the Hoxby community we require all Associates to have obtained professional business insurance with a reputable broker. Full details can be found on our application form.
> Is there an application process to become an Associate?
We open for general applications on a quarterly basis, in January, April, July and October. In between these windows, we stay open for high need skills. There is a link titled ´Apply´on the Hoxby website. Our application form focuses on one key question “Why do you want to be a Hoxby and what does the #workstyle movement mean to you?” The response to this question can be uploaded in any format, visual, written, in song, however you like. We will review your application, and particularly this submission for cultural fit to Hoxby. If you are successful you will be welcomed into our Slack community, though your application remains under review until you have completed a day´s free trial with Hoxby (details given during the application process).
> What does being a ‘Partner’ mean?
25% of the business is owned by our Partners. They all start as Associates and are invited to be Partners. They help decide how to shape the community and promote the movement towards flexible working. They are also paid a portion of our profits every 6 months. We host a Partners Meeting every three months when we get together to shape the future of Hoxby Partners.
> How do I become a Partner?
All our Partners are drawn from our pool of Associates, and are invited to become Partners based on 3 things: Supporting and promoting the workstyle movement Delivering exceptional work, seeking to set a new standard Helping to build the world’s most talented virtual community
> Is The Hoxby Collective just for working mothers?
We believe that everyone should be able to choose their perfect workstyle and fit it around their life, whether they have children or elderly parents, whether they volunteer for charity during the week, suffer from ill health, simply don’t like getting up too early in the morning, or like to go for long bike rides on Fridays. Our talented Associates have a huge variety of backgrounds and priorities and we welcome every one of them into The Hoxby Collective community.