Have you achieved your contractor goals this tax year?

Contractor Goals

In our experience working with contractors and freelancers, many use the start of the new tax year to set goals for themselves and their business. These goals vary, from a desire to make a certain amount of money, to a wish to meet a certain number of new clients, to a commitment to networking, or even something as simple as updating their website.

This means that the end of the tax year is the perfect time to assess your goals and reflect on what you’ve achieved.

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How contractors and freelancers can get into shape for the new tax year

Contractor Tax Tips

While it’s vital to make sure you’re prepared for the end of this tax year, it’s also good practice for contractors and freelancers to make sure they’re in shape for the next tax year too. A bit of organisation and preparation can save you time later on, making the whole Self-Assessment process much easier.

At Kingsbridge, we’ve been helping contractors with their insurance needs for a long time, so we like to think we’re in good position to provide some advice. So, let us share our tips for how to get yourself into shape for the 2018/2019 tax year.

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Spring Statement 2018: What Should Contractors Expect?

Spring Statement 2018

With the Spring Statement less than a week away (13th March, to be precise) it’s time to take a look at what exactly it might hold for contractors. Regular readers of this blog (and the self-employed in general) will be aware that previous Budgets and Statements, for a few years now, have been unduly weighted towards penalising contractors and freelancers. Will this year be any different?

IR35 in the Private Sector

That, of course, is a question that remains near impossible to answer at this point in time. But we can speculate. In last November’s Autumn Budget the Chancellor moved to put a consultation in place for the extension of the previous April’s public sector IR35 reforms into the private sector.

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Things every contractor and freelancer should consider at the start of 2018

Contracting Plans 2018

You should be well into your new year’s resolutions now. But as you continue to get fit, quit biting your nails, as well as reading a new book every week, have you given much thought to your business?

Obviously, you’ve thought about it, but have you thought about the things you could do throughout 2018 to make your business better and your life easier? No? Read on below for a list we’ve put together with some of the top things contractors and freelancers may want to have in their sights over the next 12 months.

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How to market yourself in 2018

Marketing Yourself

For most contractors and freelancers, marketing their business is a task that falls to themselves. At the end of the day, you have to let people know you’re out there and get yourself seen by the right people.

If you’re new to contracting or freelancing, you may still need to set up your marketing channels. If you’ve been contracting a long time, you may of course be able to rely on word of mouth, but surely it can’t hurt to add increase your visibility a little more? We’ve put down some of the essential ways contractors and freelancers should be marketing themselves in 2018.

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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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