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Why Keeping in Touch with Your Client is a Top Priority

When working for yourself – either as a freelancer, contractor or a limited company owner – it will quickly become apparent to you that you are the first (and only) port of call for clients; better add ‘customer service liaison’ to your LinkedIn profile! In the early days, this may seem like a great opportunity to

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How Much Should I Charge?

‘How much should I charge?’ is a common question among new contractors, freelancers and limited company owners. A great deal of market research or experience from your old job (if you’re staying in the same line of work) can help you to make a greatly informed decision, but what else should you keep in mind? Charge

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5 Ways to Market Yourself as a Freelancer

Starting out as a freelancer can be a daunting process – especially when it comes to finding new clients. It can, however, be easy enough if you market yourself in the right way. Check out our advice below and watch as the clients start heading your way. An Online Portfolio Putting your work in plain sight

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How to Bring Your LinkedIn to Life for Contractor Work

Although the traditional CV is far from dead, many employers are still clamouring to see a fresh approach to job hunting. As a contractor, the online space is ideal for picking up new work, so it’s important to present yourself properly. With this in mind, we’ve collected some advice to help you make the most out

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Budget 2015 News: Overview for Contractors and Freelancers

George Osborne’s highly anticipated summer budget was announced yesterday, it was the first for a majority Conservative government since November 1996. It has been considered a mixed bag for contractors and freelancers, we have set out the key points which may affect you below. Limited Companies Hit Twice A lot of limited companies in the UK

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Why Choose Gorilla Accounting?

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of us before (or Google has brought you our way) and you may be wondering why you should swap from your regular accountants to us. Well we’ve put our heads together and come up with five reasons why you should choose us instead of your regular accountants. Go on,

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HMRC Attempts to Remedy Poor Customer Service with Hiring Drive

Following poor customer service performance between April 2014 and March 2015, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced an investment of £45million into raising the standard of customer service on offer. It was recently reported that over the course of the year, 7.2million phone calls to HMRC went through to the much-maligned ‘busy tone’, leaving many

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Don’t Spend Spend Spend: Overheads to Avoid When Setting Up Solo

  Becoming an independent contractor, freelancer or limited company owner is an exciting adventure, full of challenges and successes. There are, however, some pitfalls – and one of the most common is the habit of spending beyond your means. The reason for this could be to bring your new solo venture up to the same level

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What is Professional Indemnity Insurance & Why Do Contractors Need It?

As you set up as a contractor, you’ll hear recommendations from various quarters about purchasing professional indemnity insurance. If you’re not sure what that it is, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together details of what the insurance entails and why you need it as a contractor – and believe us, you really do need

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HMRC Crackdown: Number of Raids Jumps

Recent research by law firm Pinsent Masons has shown that the number of raids on businesses’ premises by HMRC has trebled since 2010 – a statistic that reflects on a refreshed campaign of zero tolerance for tax evasion. This year alone, around 600 properties have been raided, bringing HMRC over the halfway mark to their target

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Frequently Asked Questions from newly-independent clients

Here at Gorilla Accounting, we work with a lot of freelancers and contractors. During our time helping out with accounting and taxation, we’ve heard a whole range of questions that apply to most individuals going at it alone. We’ve decided to include a few of the most frequently asked questions we’ve encountered below – with all

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