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If you are new to contract working or if you have worked as a freelancer for a number of years then you may want to consider how Umbrella company services can help you to run your business more efficiently and save you valuable time.

There are benefits to working as a contract worker under an Umbrella company set up which will give you the support that you need as well as save you time to be able to do the things that are important when running your own contractor business. The other way of working is, of course, to establish your own limited company and operate via that business which also comes with its benefits so both need to be considered carefully. 

Most contractors when starting out as a freelance worker or when leaving the safety and security of full-time employment will consider Umbrella company services initially to reduce the risks of setting up a new limited company and save them time. It can be a daunting prospect in the beginning to go the whole way of setting up your own new limited company so going down the Umbrella company route can be a far easier option to begin with.

Some people will work under an Umbrella company to begin with for a period of time and then will generally consider switching to setting up their own Limited Company after a year or two. You should speak to a specialist Umbrella company accountant in the first instance to find out more and to see which route is the best one for you based on your own needs or expectations. 

Some of the main advantages of an Umbrella Company 

In the early days of working as a contractor and leaving the security of full-time employment, it can be a lot to take in so you may just want to have someone there in the background to help guide you. An Umbrella company will give you the support you need by providing you with:

Employment law 

An Umbrella company scheme will fundamentally mean that you are still treated as an employee from a legal and payroll perspective which means that you still have the same rights as an employee. You will also be paid via the Umbrella company so you do not have to worry about any potential payroll issues or tax implications.

Earning potential

You should know that there is a strong possibility that you could increase your income by becoming a contract worker and working as part of an Umbrella company. Most freelance and contract workers move to this way of working to increase income and to be able to dictate their own working patterns. 

Expenses and costs of business claims

When working as a contract or freelance worker there will be a number of standard expenses that you will be entitled to claim for which includes the cost of travel, accommodation and professional subscriptions through your Umbrella company. You may also be able to claim expenses for food and drinks when you are working away from home for a period of time.

Reduced administrative duties

Most company directors will automatically be responsible for completing a number of administrative tasks as part of their standard director duties. It can be a drain on time and resources which is why an Umbrella company can help you to remove this from your workloads. 

No credit control issues 

It can be extremely frustrating as a business owner to have to chase payments for unpaid invoices which can be extremely stressful and annoying. Working under an Umbrella company means that your credit control should be taken care of by your Umbrella company as they are responsible for chasing payments. This, therefore, means that you should be paid more quickly, accurately and on time.

Employment rights and insurances

Under an Umbrella company, you should have a package of services which will mean that all of your business and public indemnity insurances are covered by the umbrella company. Insurance can be an extremely costly part of running your own business as well as the amount of time that it takes to search the market for insurance providers. You should also be aware that working as part of an Umbrella company will mean that you have the same rights as any other employee so you will be entitled to the same benefits from an employment law perspective.

If you need more help or advice on Umbrella or to speak to us about how our Umbrella company works, you should speak to one of our Gorilla Accounting team of experts. We offer a full range of Umbrella services as well as supporting limited companies so speak to us to find out how we can help you to run your business more effectively and efficiently.