Great organisational apps for contractors and freelancers

Apps for Contractors

If organising yourself better is something you want to work on as a contractor or freelancer in 2018, it’s not something you have to do alone.

There are loads of apps out there to keep you on the straight-and-narrow. Of course, they can only help you — you still have to do the hard work yourself! But having an app to remind you of tasks, keep track of time or simply keep everything in one place can really help. We’ve compiled some of our favourites to help you streamline 2018.

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How do you know you’re ready to go it alone?

Moving from Employment to Contracting

The start of the year is often the time when employees begin to think of throwing in the towel and becoming a contractor or freelancer. Quite often this is just a way of processing the January Blues, and many simply think about it for a bit before deciding they’re happy enough where they are and continuing with their employment.

But what if that thought keeps niggling away at you? What if every day you find yourself longing to set up on your own? How do you know you’re ready? We’ve put together some common signs that have told the contractors and freelancers we’ve worked with over the years that they were ready to go it alone.

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Feefo Gold Trusted Service

Feefo Kingsbridge 2018

Anyone who knows how we work at Kingsbridge – whether you’re a customer, a partner, or an employee – knows that we put customer service at the forefront of everything we do. We’ve been looking after contractors and freelancers for over a decade now, and from our first day we made sure to make sure that the customer is always number one.

It’s always been our goal to move beyond the purchase of insurance as an annual transaction and little more. We’re here to help with the smaller questions and pieces of advice, the queries that often go unanswered. Whether you’re making the move from permanent employment to contracting or have been working for yourself for many years, we’re here to help.

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When the going gets tough, Kingsbridge play dirty!

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The team at Kingsbridge will bring a whole new meaning to phrase ‘dirty weekend’ when they take on the South West Half Tough Mudder on 18th August 2018. Our Partnership and Marketing team will be donning their running gear, head bands and that trademark ‘can do’ attitude as they take on 5 miles of filthy terrain and 13 obstacles that include mud-kissing, climbing Everest and even a Shawshank tunnelling experience.

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It’s time to get that Self-Assessment in!

Self-Assessment

It’s a job nobody wants to tackle, but if you’re a contractor who submits your Self-Assessment online, then the deadline of 31 January 2018 is fast approaching. This is the deadline for the 2016/2017 tax year.

If you’re new to the contracting game, or just need a reminder, we’ve put together all of the info you need to know about meeting the deadline, what will happen if you don’t, and some tips on making it easier next time.

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The differences between freelancers and contractors

Contractors

Categorising yourself correctly can help you in many ways, from appearing in the search engines for relevant search terms to tagging your skills on job platforms. In order to do so, however, you need to understand the differences between a freelancer and a contractor. We’ve decided to explore a few below (along with a few pros and cons for each to help you decide!)

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I Wish It Could Be Quizmas Every Day

Kingsbridge Quizmas

We do like a little nostalgia at Kingsbridge every now and then. Although the festive season is firmly in the rear-view mirror and 2018 is beginning to bloom, we couldn’t resist revisiting one of our most engaging partner competitions – The Kingsbridge Quizmas.

In early December we set up a special Kingsbridge-themed Christmas quiz designed to test the depths of knowledge at the partner companies we work with. The questions covered quite the spectrum – from insultingly easy to fiendishly difficult, and everything in-between.

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