4 top tips for increasing freelancer productivity

There are many ways you can increase your freelancer productivity and your operational efficiency with it. When you’re working solo, the phrase “time is money” really rings true. After all, the buck stops with you. If you’re able to make yourself more productive, you can increase your overall profitability without putting in extra hours. We’ve prepared this…

HMRC delays Making Tax Digital

HMRC’s implementation of the Making Tax Digital initiative has received much criticism from Government officials and the self-employed. The initiative was due to go live from April 2018. However, extensive concerned feedback from both self-employed workers and Government officials has pushed back its launch. What is the new implementation schedule? From 2019, only businesses generating…

Do creative freelancers need more Government protection?

An influential report from the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) – which surveyed 700 creative freelancers – has recommended the government do more to offer them protection. The creative industries are the fastest growing sector of the economy. And, with 47% of the people in these industries being freelance, it’s clear to see that the government…

Holidays for freelancers: Preparing yourself and your finances

Taking holidays for freelancers can be a complex yet rewarding experience. Everyone needs a break every now and again. But, when you’re running your own business, taking a holiday requires additional planning and a healthy attitude towards downtime. Here, we’ll take a look at why holidays are so important for freelancers. And, tell you how to…

Why do a third of freelance journalists need state benefits?

New research from The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) has found that 36% of freelance journalists are claiming some form of state benefit or tax credit. This is compared to just 17% of full-time journalists. Among the most frequently cited reasons for claiming state benefits or tax credits was clients’ propensity to…

The worst UK cities for settling invoice payments on time

A new report from FreeAgent has ranked the UK cities that perform worst when it comes to settling invoice payments on time. Overall, the report found that around half of invoices sent by freelancers, contractors and small businesses are paid late. The report highlights specific urban areas where late payments are systemic. Here, clients routinely…