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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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Working from home? Avoid these 4 freelancer pitfalls

One of the most cited benefits of being a freelancer or contractor is the opportunity to work from home. Gone are the days of early starts and commuting – instead it’s hello to lazy mornings filled with coffee and the odd break for daytime TV, right? Wrong. Working from home brings many benefits (no office overhead,

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5 stress-busting tips for contractors

Making the move towards being a contractor is rarely easy, and buckets of stress and late nights are often part and parcel of going independent. It doesn’t have to all be doom and gloom, however – with the right advice to keep your stress levels in check, you can find yourself enjoying the change more than

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Pastures new: 3 Reasons why it’s time to change accountants

Britain is experiencing a boom in self-employment and here at Gorilla, we think it’s great. We’re getting to see fantastic start-ups, bold new limited companies and an influx of valuable contractors and freelancers building a better future for themselves by going solo. Sadly, this market increase is helping some accountancy practices see dollar signs and a

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