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Fiscally freelance: living through a financial drought

Freelancing is, in its nature, less stable than working for a company. You are the start, the middle and the end of all events and happenings. Whether it is the accounting or the cleaning of the office at the end of the day. All this needs to be done within the means of your finances and

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Tax Avoidance scheme has been uncovered within the contracting sector

A new story this morning from the BBC has unearthed details that a large UK recruitment agency and contractor accountancy provider have been operating a tax avoidance scheme that abuses the Employment Allowance scheme. In April 2014 a new scheme was introduced to give employers a tax break on Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NIC’s). The

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Should self-employed workers be worried about getting a mortgage?

According to a survey carried out by IPSE, 45% of self-employed workers think that mortgage providers don’t want them as customers. In addition, 61% think mortgage advisors do not understand their financial situation. Chris Bryce, Chief Executive of IPSE has said: “ “Getting a mortgage is a major concern for the self-employed, despite 4.5 million people

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Networking for contractors & freelancers in Leeds

For contractors and freelancers, creating a client base is all about meeting people, understanding what they need and working out how you can help them achieve their goals. Networking and networking events are probably the most valuable tools for a contractors and freelancers. Here is a run down of some of the best places to be

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Finding your network in London

London, with its vast ever lasting expansion into the rest of the country is a big place, finding your feet and your client base, especially if you’re new to the city can be tricky. Here’s a few hints and tips for you freelancers and contractors to find the right people you need to know. Understand London.

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Are women the rocket fuel for our economy?

In 2014, 4.6 million people were classed as self-employed. That is 15% of the entire UK work force. Economists have cited this rise as one of the reasons why the UK economy has to a certain extent recovered. There are also another 356,000 employees who have a second job in which they were self-employed. This is

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Taming the recruitment beast

The agency route is perhaps the most popular among contractors, freelancers and the self-employed, and there are numerous advantages to it. Ultimately, agencies do take care of the three most important aspects of your job search; which positions you apply for, where you will work and your remuneration. The recruitment industry as a whole is one

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The Personality Traits of a New World Freelancer

Being a freelancer can provide great job satisfaction and of course it can be extremely tough. You are your own boss, you feel the pinch if the work dries up and you reap the rewards when the work is flowing. There are many different types of freelancers out there and it is very important for anyone

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Working Away – Cash Saving & Boredom Preventing Tips

Often contractors double up as commuters with the amount of travel they have to do on a weekly basis. That is, however, the nature of the work, if you aren’t mobile, then you are limiting the amount of work you can take on. Below are some simple, yet effective tips for maximising the experience without breaking

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Top 4 Contracting Hotspots in 2015

In the Eurozone there have been a few “economic crisis countries”, Spain and Greece for example. In the contracting world, the European troubles lie with France and Italy, who experienced a dramatic downturn in output. There were high hopes for Poland, however legislative changes surrounding temporary work, has reduced the demand for fixed term assignments in

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3 Tips to help you master freelance photography

It is difficult. There is no way to say this other than bluntly, being successful as a freelance photographer takes a lot of hard graft, determination and skill. For many, working for yourself, being your own boss, the controller of your destiny, is the epitome of working life. For many, yes it can be an extremely

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