How should I set up my business?

Limited Company? Sole trader? Umbrella company? When you go self-employed, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is which business structure is right for you. It’s a good idea to make this decision before you start work. Although you can always change your status later, like everything else, getting it right first time will save you hassle, admin, time and expense further down the road. Also, you’ll need to register your business status with HMRC for tax purposes. Continue reading

Independent review to assess support for self-employed

The government has announced plans to launch a new review that will look for ways in which self-employed people across the UK could be provided with more robust support. Led by the successful entrepreneur Julie Deane, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, the review will highlight the contribution freelancers make to the UK economy, while considering how they can be better supported. Continue reading

What can tennis teach you about freelancing?

It's the first week of July, the sun is shining, the sunblock is coming out and you're starting to see the hairy, exposed legs of men in shorts walking down England's streets. For sports fans, that can mean only one thing - it's time for Wimbledon! Events such as Wimbledon should be seen as more than simply an occasion for smugness, though - you may not immediately realise it, but there are quite a few good lessons that self-employed people can learn from tennis stars like Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams, which can benefit your business long after the racquets, nets, strawberries and cream have been packed away. Continue reading

Where should I go for freelancing advice?

So you’ve decided you’re going freelance; your partner’s supportive (if a bit jealous) and you’ve called your parents and told them the news. Even your cat seems to be giving you congratulatory looks every time it passes you en-route to the kitchen. Your head is full of exciting plans, such as working in your slippers or setting up a desk in the garden to make the most of those rare sun-filled summer days, but actually setting up as a freelancer isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Here’s our lowdown on where to get some great advice for your freelancing career. Continue reading