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New IR35 rules still on track for April 2020

The government has been trying to crack down on ‘disguised’ employment for almost two decades. Now revised rules for agency-employed contractors will change how self-employed status [...]

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Social Animals – LinkedIn for Contractors

LinkedIn is the world’s leading professional social networking platform. Here are the basic ways you can use it to boost your profile as a contractor. When LinkedIn was founded back in 2002, its [...]

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What’s New with IR35 in 2019?

Changes to the way IR35 is calculated for private companies are still set to be rolled out in 2020. Here’s what you can do to prepare. Contractors are not in a happy place according to recent [...]

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Mortgages and Being Self Employed

Getting a mortgage when you’re self-employed can be tough, but don’t worry – if you get your finances in order, there are still options available. There are many pros and cons to being [...]

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Salary Versus Dividends 2018-2019: Which is Best?

Before you decide whether to incorporate, it pays to understand the difference between being paid with a salary or through dividends. One of the main reasons people move from being a contractor [...]

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Who Determines IR35 Status?

The way in which IR35 status is determined is about to change for private sector companies and it could have considerable implications for contractors and their clients. As expected, October’s [...]

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Umbrella Company Vs Limited Company

As a contractor, you may choose to work through an umbrella company or set up as a limited company. Here’s how you can decide on the best option for you. When you become a contractor, one of your [...]

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Common Contractor Issues and How to Avoid Them

As a contractor, you will benefit from having flexible working hours, being your own boss, and potentially earning more money than your permanent counterparts. However there are also issues that [...]

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How to Avoid Loneliness as a Contractor

When working as an independent contractor you’ll often find yourself having to work alone or with people you aren’t familiar with. In a traditional working environment, you usually have coffee [...]

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5 Tips to Improve Your Contractor CV

Writing a contractor CV is very different to writing one for a permanent role. A contractor CV needs to quickly sell your expertise to niche markets. Any potential clients need to know that you [...]