A couple of weeks on from the 2017 Autumn Budget, the dust has settled. It’s fair to say that the reaction, from a contracting perspective at least, was mixed. On the one hand, the government took a big step closer towards extending its much-maligned clampdown on IR35 into the private sector. On the other, there was a clear effort at a more conciliatory approach towards the flexible working market than many expected. The immediate tax hikes and Draconian reform of previous years were replaced by a stream of consultations and discussion documents. An unsteady half step forward, then, rather than one giant leap back.
At what was an unearthly hour, huddled in Winchcombe Library car park an amazing turn-out of over 30 from the Tewkesbury office congregated in the persistent rain to start our 18-mile voyage of discovery over the Cotswolds.
Spurred on by the strong enthusiasm to tackle any challenge, in the usual Kingsbridge-way, and the outside possibility of seeing the start of England v. Argentina game, the team set off with blistering pace. The gloomy conditions were offset by the extremely enjoyable conversation, light-hearted banter and that Kingsbridge camaraderie.
Leading recruitment agency Rullion has teamed up with Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance to deliver on client demands
UK-based recruiter Rullion announce their partnership with contractor insurance specialists, Kingsbridge, following an increase in client audits.
With insurance checks becoming a key factor in client audits and the contractor market under continual scrutiny, this new partnership is an essential step to help Rullion future-proof their compliance processes and satisfy their client’s contractual requirements.
Rullion’s Board Director, Phil Higgins states, “This is an important move for us in making sure we’re meeting our clients’ needs. We’re confident that Kingsbridge’s processes support our existing candidate base, offering a long-term solution in protecting our contractors, whilst improving the efficiency of the insurance checking process.”
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
On Wednesday 20th September we celebrated hitting double digits at the Victorian Bath House in London’s Bishopsgate. Originally built in 1895 as a traditional Turkish bathhouse designed to appeal to gentrified city folk, the building now makes the most of its unique surroundings as a party venue.
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.