Freelance careers have always been an attractive alternative to the standard nine-to-five office job, but in the last few years the world of self-employment has become even more popular than it was before. In this modern era of reliable broadband connections, free web tools and thriving online business models, it has become easier than ever for people to say goodbye to their permanent roles and start their own business¬†from home. (more…)
The government has been called upon to take action to address the decline in the number of UK self-employed workers that has been observed over the last few months. New data from the Office for National Statistics showed the number of self-employed Britons fell by 51,000 in the three months to July 2015, when compared to the same period in 2014. This marks the sixth consecutive month of decline. (more…)
Being self-employed is great, right? You get to work in your pyjamas, there are no arguments about leaving gone-off milk in the fridge and you can leave work at 3pm on Tuesdays just because you feel like it. There's a reason that being your own boss is heralded as the work-life dream. But as with most things, there can come a time for the dream to end. If you recognise any of the below, it might be a sign that you need to call time on self-employment and return to the sanity of an office. (more…)
The hectic pace of modern professional life is such that for a lot of people, an average workday consists of waking up, grafting for a certain number of hours, before clocking off with very little time for introspection. In many ways, this kind of close focus on your day-to-day schedule can be a good thing, allowing you to tackle obstacles as they come instead of fixating on long-term variables. However, it's equally important to take the blinkers off once in a while and make sure you're still moving in the direction you want to travel. (more…)
A desire for greater independence and flexibility have been cited among the main reasons why more and more people are opting for self-employment, according to a new study. Conducted by freelance marketplace PeoplePerHour, the survey aimed to shed light on the factors that motivate people to go freelance, as well as to understand some of the main challenges people working for themselves tend to face. (more…)
Self-employed people are currently worried about whether they will have enough money to see them through their retirements, according to an industry survey. A national survey from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has shown that 54.4 per cent of freelancers are concerned about their finances post-retirement, with 37.3 per cent saying they are unable to contribute towards a pension fund. (more…)