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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How to save money over Christmas as a contractor

Save Money at Christmas

Christmas is an expensive time of the year, we’re all aware of that fact. But does it really have to be? Working for yourself brings with it many positives, but sadly, it also comes with its pitfalls. And two of the biggest pitfalls are irregular sums of money and a degree of uncertainty when it comes to what the future months will bring you.

That’s why this year, we’re offering you some food for thought when it comes to saving some serious money over the Christmas period as a freelancer or a contractor. Read our five tips below and see how much money you can save this year.

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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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