What can contractors expect from the new government

The dust has now settled on the rather surprising result from this year's General Election. With the Conservatives sweeping to an overall majority, they now face limited opposition when it comes to passing their policies through Parliament. So, we've put together this infographic to showcase from their manifesto some of the policies which will likely impact at some point over the course of the next 5 years. Continue reading

Can I freelance part-time with a full-time job?

In short, yes you (probably) can. Being a full-time employee and part-time freelancer is a practical option for those dipping their toes into the freelancing water. It’s also a good opportunity to make some extra money, be more creative with your work, or boost the skills on your CV. Although at first you’ll be working around the clock, it’s usually only a temporary measure; many freelancers make the transition to freelancing full-time once they’ve built up a good client base. With a steady income rolling in from paid employment this is a relatively safe route to becoming a fully-fledged freelancer, but beware – it requires a lot of hard work and the ability to stay away from the latest releases on Netflix or other forms of procrastination. Continue reading

The ins and outs of an invoice

As a contractor or freelancer, invoicing is one of the most important paperwork tasks you need to stay on top of. If you don't get those invoices out on time or with the correct information, then it can lead to delays in being paid and impact on the cash flow of your business. Our guide on how to tackle invoicing should ensure you can send clear and accurate bills to clients and receive prompt payment - allowing you to enjoy the rewards of a successful business. Continue reading