Wondering whether to set up with an umbrella company? It’s a good idea to make this decision before you start work. We’ve put together a guide to help you make this decision when starting life as a freelancer, a contractor, or both.
You’re a dark horse. A limited company contractor who does their own accounts – talk about skills to pay the bills. Because if you can do the job, why pay someone else to do it? And with contractor accountants costing anywhere between £720 and £1,200 per year, that’s money well saved, right? Well, yes and no. Continue reading “Contractor accountants: when it’s time to check with the experts”
Your manager puts some time in your diary for a “catch up”. Those two words are enough to make your heart sink. The same heart-dropping feeling you get when you think you’ve lost your mobile phone before realising it’s still in your pocket. “Catch up” seems disconcertingly vague. Your immediate reaction: “What have I done wrong?” Continue reading “Permanent employment doesn’t necessarily mean job security: why contracting could be the better option”
With freelancing comes freedom, but sometimes loneliness. Being your own boss doesn’t come without challenges, and these can have an adverse effect on your mental health. Employers recognise psychological wellbeing in the workplace more than ever before. It’s now a big, big deal. Continue reading “Freelance life: don’t be mental”
Much of London’s tube is underground. As you travel from north, east, south or west London into central, or vice versa – you feel something rise from the carriage. It’s the anxiety of the passengers. The passengers who have lost their phone signal as the train goes deep into London’s Victorian tunnels. Continue reading “You might as well face it, you’re addicted to your phone. How to switch off from the freelance life.”
Our hats are off, and we’re saluting – you’ve given up the security of a permanent job to go it alone, and venture into the unknown.
Let’s not be under the delusion that this is going to be all carefree and easy: be prepared a potential slow burner with lots of challenges along the way. There will be ups and downs, and times when you feel like giving up when business opportunities seem non-existent. Continue reading “Keeping your sanity when business is slow”