In the eyes of the freelance workforce, and small businesses in general, this week’s Autumn Statement has seemingly passed with a relatively little impact. As ever, the devil is in the detail, so we’ve put together our usual summary which you can download by clicking the link in the article.
Hopefully, with the amount of content we’ve been producing and sending to you in the last 12 months, you’ll know about our drive to make running your business easier. As a result, we’re now changing the main Boox website to make it easier to find the advice you need, whether it’s to do with your expenses, or find out the latest news impacting the freelance workforce.
Often viewed as the working dream, freelancing full time can be a lucrative alternative to the slog of a 9-5 (although let’s face it, we’ve all checked our work emails at 11pm). But instead of jumping straight into freelancing full time, it’s best to step back and take a slower and more strategic approach. It’ll help you in the long run, and make you a better, happier freelancer.
UK freelancers are being called upon to contribute their views and opinions to help inform the independent review into self-employment that the government is currently organising. Julie Deane, the founder and chief executive of The Cambridge Satchel Company, has been appointed to conduct the review and has launched an online survey that contractors are being asked to complete in order to provide crucial insights.
As the health of the UK economy improves, British companies continue to create new job opportunities at a relatively robust pace, according to a new report. The latest survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has indicated that professional recruitment firms now have eight per cent more vacancies on their books than this time last year.
Starting your own business is understandably daunting. Even if it’s a solo version of the job you’ve been doing for years, or in an industry you know like the back of your hand, it’s still a scary prospect taking those first few steps towards a life of self-employed freedom. If you’re starting to get start-up fear, here are some tips to help you overcome it and get your business up and running.
The establishment of a Small Business Commissioner in the UK could help self-employed workers and micro businesses tackle the persistent problem of late payments, an expert roundtable has concluded. A discussion of the proposals for a Small Business Commissioner has been held by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), during which it was suggested that this move could lead to a culture change among businesses that habitually mistreat smaller companies and independent traders.
It’s well understood that life as a freelancer can be uniquely fulfilling, but there are also considerable challenges involved in getting your work-life balance to work in a way that keeps you both happy and productive. Being your own boss can be a dream come true in many respects, but the ability to set your own schedule and control your workflows also means you need to be responsible for making sure your working life and home life don’t infringe upon each other. Without proper balance, you could end an exhausted workaholic with no time for personal pursuits, or conversely develop a reputation for being flakey and unprofessional if you let your home life dominate.
Freelancers and self-employed people will continue to find plenty of opportunities to work with UK companies seeking to access short-term skills in the coming months, according to a new report. The latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has indicated that 74 per cent of British employers believe that confidence in the economic climate is improving, with many businesses changing their hiring strategy to make the most of the available opportunities.