Making the Transition – Moving from Permanent to Contracting

Permanent to Contracting

Making the switch from a secure, permanent position to the world of contracting is a big step, and one that shouldn’t be made lightly. We know it can be a stressful time if you’re considering making the move, and that’s where we come in. After all, it’s not only about securing new client contracts. It’s about maintaining a sustainable business.

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Enhance your profitability as a freelancer with these 4 tips

Freelancer Profit

We’ve put together these four tips to help you increase your profitability as a freelancer. Read on!

Build a digital portfolio

Being able to showcase your past work through a high-quality online portfolio will help you secure new business. Being able to show potential clients that you’re able to deliver something that gets results is essential for any freelancer.

The time spent building and perfecting a portfolio is worth it. How many times have you been persuaded into a purchase after reading a whole host of great reviews? The concept is similar when it comes to case studies and portfolios.

It might seem difficult to sing your own praises to start with – but if you don’t, who will? It’s the best way to secure a new client.

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5 must-have apps for freelancers

5 Best Freelancing Apps

As a freelancer, apps can become an integral part of your working day. They can help you become more organised and more productive. And without a manager looking over your shoulder or a team around to support you and help deliver tasks it can be tough to stay motivated.

Here are five of our favourite apps that you might find useful:

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Hidden costs you’ll need to consider as a freelancer

Hidden Freelancing Costs

If you’re considering becoming a freelancer, regardless of the industry, there’s likely to be some hidden costs you might not have counted on when you first started out.

As a freelancer your overheads will be low. With no business premises and no employees, all you seem to have to pay out for initially are the fees that come with putting together a website (alongside some small marketing costs).

But what about the other potentially financially perilous situations you may not have considered?

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Cyber Liability Claims

Cyber Attack

When you think about cyber attacks, you probably think about the big data breaches. Snapchat. Equifax. The NHS. They might make the headlines, but in reality cyber criminals are targeting small and medium-sized businesses at a rapid clip.

Why? Smaller businesses are seen as easier targets, but they’re also often used as stepping stones to the larger organisations they invariably work with.

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Increase in Cyber Attacks Continues

Cyber Attacks

We’ve spoken about the prevalence of cyber attacks on these pages before. As we become ever more reliant on digital platforms, we leave ourselves more and more susceptible to the possibility of having our data breached.

Whether it’s a hallowed institution like the NHS or a corporate monolith like Snapchat seems to make little difference. The only prerequisite for becoming a target is inadequate protection and preparation.

We build our houses on firm foundations and plan our skyscrapers down to the final millimetre, but there are always flaws. The digital world, a superstructure of infinite proportions, is no different. As hard as we try there will always be a backdoor or an exploit somewhere waiting to be found.

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Bring your Dog to Work Day

Kingsbridge Puppy

The cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said that “happiness is a warm puppy.” He wasn’t wrong. Multiple studies have proven that bringing a dog to work helps to significantly reduce stress. It can also increase employee satisfaction, improve morale, and promote an atmosphere of teamwork and communication. Most importantly, however, dogs are just really cute.

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Kingsbridge announces the appointment of James Twining as Group Chief Executive

Kingsbridge James Twining

Kingsbridge Group, the UK’s leading provider of specialist insurance services to contractors, freelancers and the recruitment and utilities industries, has appointed James Twining as its Group Chief Executive with immediate effect.

Most recently, James was Group Commercial Director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc (JLT), a role encompassing group strategy, M&A and marketing.  During his time there, James also acted as Chairman and Chief Executive of its former Thistle subsidiary.  James joined JLT in 2011 from McKinsey & Co. and was appointed to its main Board in 2012.

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Awards Season

Award Nominations

Although it might feel like it’s here already, it doesn’t officially become autumn until 22nd September. For us, it’s a time of year full of competition, ceremony and celebration. The vast majority of our industry awards take place between September and December, and we’ll be attending a few this time around.

Customers have always been the cornerstone of Kingsbridge, the strong foundation on which our business is built. Although we’re always delighted to pick up nominations for our business and the products we offer, it’s the nominations we receive for customer service that mean the most to us.

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