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

5 tips for handling an HMRC investigation

HMRC Investigation. Seventeen characters that spark fear into business owners, freelancers and contractors the length and breadth of country. For fraudsters, tax evaders or people just plain careless with their tax returns, that fear is well founded, as HMRC has extensive powers to pursue anyone it suspects of wrongdoing. The honest taxpayer with well-organised financial records has much less to fear from an HMRC investigation. However the experience – or prospect of it – can still be traumatic. Continue reading