Tips for overcoming start-up fear

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. Continue reading

UK Small Business Commissioner ‘could tackle late payment issues’

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. Continue reading

Tips for balancing clients with your home life

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. Continue reading

What your clients really want – and how to deliver

At its most basic level, the art of understanding clients is about grasping what they want to achieve by hiring you: where they’re at, where they want to go and how your skills will help take them there. However, over time, a deeper, more subtle level of understanding often comes into play. Your role can evolve into something far more complex than that of a mere service provider. Picking up on – and (where advisable) responding to – unspoken needs can go a long way to strengthening your working relationships and increasing your profitability. Continue reading

Companies ‘looking to temporary workers to bolster growth potential’

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. Continue reading