Can You Freelance While in the UK on a General Visitor’s Visa



The Question/Questions
Can you work in the UK if you are getting paid in your country’s currency and if you are working remotely from your laptop? Can you freelance in the UK if you are just using your laptop and still getting paid in your country’s currency? Can you write for sites such as Hubpages while in the UK on a general visitor’s visa?

 

The above questions are all pretty similar to each other and these are questions that I have asked. The main question that I have had was, can I work on sites such as Hubpages and blogs if I go to the UK on a general visitor’s visa? I could not find any rock solid answers for that question, so I decided to ask it in different ways and on different websites but still I received no solid answers. I did receive helpful answers but still nothing really solid.

I even started to Google different phrases to try to find sites that may hold some answers but still never found anything good. I also read many stories of people wondering the same thing that I was wondering and I have read many different peoples’ opinions about whether or not a person on a general visitor’s visa for the UK can freelance or not. Some people said that the UK may consider freelance work such as writing to be working in the UK, while others thought that the UK would not consider that working while in the UK.

Long story short, I have finally received a rock solid answer. If you are wondering whether or not you can write or do certain freelance jobs while in the UK on a general visitor’s visa, then read on to find out whether or not you can.

The Answer 
So can I work from my laptop while in the UK on a general visitor’s visa? Indeed I can write for sites such as Hubpages, and earn a full-time income from writing and owning sites or blogging but just as long as I am getting paid in my own country’s currency.

How do I know this? Simple, because I went to the UK and once I was questioned about why I was staying a few months in the UK, I was told that I could work from my laptop as long as I got paid in my own country’s currency. If you are not earning pounds and you are self-employed and make your money online, then you should be just fine. I got a straight answer right at the border, so if you are a freelancer who makes their money online, and the currency is not in pounds, then the chances are you are going to be just fine.

However, here is a tip. If you do want to stay for a few months in the UK and you are self-employed, make sure you have money on you or in your bank account, as you will want to show them you can support yourself, even if you are going to be staying with someone.

Good luck and hopes this helps people out.

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