It’s that time of year when the words “next year I’m going to drink less/join the gym/lose weight” start popping out of our mouths. Quite often, we really do mean it as well. We’ll then all hurtle into 2020 with the best of intention before promptly giving up on 12th January. But what about making some New Year’s resolutions that you can keep?
If you’re in the process of setting up your own business as a contractor or freelancer then one of the biggest things on your mind is probably how best to market yourself.
There are lots of things you can do and some you’ll have already implemented: designing business cards, polishing your LinkedIn profile, signing up with recruiters, and speculatively calling and emailing companies or brands you would like to work with are just a few. However, building a website could well be something you’re undecided over whether or not to do.
It’s an unpleasant fact about contracting and freelancing: occasionally you may come across clients who either pay late or don’t pay at all. Sometimes this can be an innocent mistake, sometimes it can be a deliberate tactic on the part of the client to manage their business’s cash flow. Either way, it’s annoying for the self-employed who then have to dedicate time and energy to chasing up late or missing payments, which takes away from time spent on actual work projects.
When you were an employee, your CV was probably just this thing saved somewhere on your computer that got dusted off and updated very occasionally if you decided to throw your hat into the ring for a new job.
Now you’re a contractor, your CV is constantly being updated and sent out as you pitch for new projects and this can often lead to it becoming unwieldly and disjointed. If this sounds like your CV, read on to find out how to spruce it up so it’s marketing you brilliantly to potential clients.
Top 10 DIY website builders for small businesses
There used to be a time when building your own website was something you outsourced to a specialist. But these days, whether you know your Ruby from your Python or not, a great-looking site can be completed in the space of an afternoon.
As a self-employed person, it’s become ever more important to make sure that you have a visible presence online. A quick Google search is often the entry point for any organisation looking for a self-employed professional, so it pays to put the time in.
There are a vast array of free website builders out there, but the difference in ease of use and quality varies dramatically. Take a look below for our ten preferred options (in no particular order).
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.
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.
At Kingsbridge, all of our contractor insurance policies include Employers’ Liability insurance cover as standard, but this is not the case across the contractor insurance industry. Many insurers miss it off completely or make it an optional extra, causing many contractors to assume they don’t need it.
And we can see why you may think that. After all, you may well fit into the exemption category (you employ only yourself and own at least 50% of your share capital) as do many contractors. But this is not always the case and just because you are exempt now it doesn’t mean you will be a few months or years down the line.
The Contractor Insurance Checklist is our new blog series that will act as your guide to everything contractor insurance. Not only will it go into what the different aspects of contractor insurance are but, more importantly, they will explain why you need them and what could happen to you if you don’t have them.
Over the coming days and weeks, we’ll be running articles on various factors of contractor insurance so you can go through the parts you need to in an easily digestible format — after all, we know most contractors are too busy to be rummaging through huge, long guides.