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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Why the new year is the perfect time to pursue your freelance career

New Year Freelancing

New year, new you – isn’t that what most people say? Whether it’s starting a new healthy eating regime, taking up an exercise class or looking for the next big job opportunity, the new year is the perfect time. You’re revived after your Christmas break and ready to tackle anything.

We don’t suggest leaving your job immediately. If you think it’s something you want to do, research into the idea properly. How feasible is it? What steps can you take in the first month of 2018 to get you where you want to be.

Making it your ‘New Year’s resolution’ will help you figure out if working for yourself as a freelancer is the right fit for you.

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How to enjoy time off at Christmas as a contractor or freelancer

Time Off at Christmas

The freelance sector is booming. As of January this year, according to the Professional Contractors Group, in the UK alone there are over 1 million freelancers. This number has grown over the last 10 years by 14% – and there are no signs of it slowing down.

So, although freelancing offers the modern worker all kinds of flexibility, there are many downsides, too. One of the main downsides is taking worry-free time off – particularly around the festive season.

If this sounds like a predicament you’re currently facing, take a look at some of our tips below. Hopefully, you’ll manage to take at least a few days off over Christmas this year.

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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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