Self-employed people ‘concerned about pensions’

Self-employed people are currently worried about whether they will have enough money to see them through their retirements, according to an industry survey. A national survey from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has shown that 54.4 per cent of freelancers are concerned about their finances post-retirement, with 37.3 per cent saying they are unable to contribute towards a pension fund. Continue reading

5 ways to build self-confidence

Self-employment is no career for shrinking violets. With more and more people choosing to work as freelancers, contractors or small business owners, getting noticed is getting more important. For some people, fronting a business comes naturally. We’ve all seen them, speaking fluently in meetings and working the room effortlessly at networking events. If that’s not you, don’t despair – here are our top 5 building blocks of self-confidence. Continue reading

A quick guide to becoming a sole trader

Many people dream of ditching the corporate “9-5” and becoming self-employed. If the call to be your own boss is just too loud to ignore, there’s a chance you’ll want to go down the ‘sole trader’ route. Here’s our short guide to being a sole trader, with everything you need to know about getting up and running. It’s time to invest in stationery, snacks, and slippers (assuming you’re working from home, of course). Continue reading

Temporary and contract vacancies remain stable during most recent quarter

Temporary and contract vacancies have remained stable during the last quarter, according to a new survey from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). In fact, year-on-year figures show a 0.7 per cent increase in opportunities across this market, with the finance and accounting sector providing particularly strong opportunities to freelancers and the self-employed. Continue reading