Home exercise for lockdown

Home Exercise SmallerThere’s no doubt that lockdown is causing us to be more sedentary. Those who normally attend their local gym or swimming pool have found they no longer can go. Even those of us who are a bit less active are finding our usual walk to the train station has vanished, and children who are used to scrabbling up slides and climbing frames every day have found they are now restricted to the back garden – if they’re lucky enough to have one.

But exercise is vital not only to our physical health, but also our mental wellbeing. With the recent Government announcement that outside exercise is now unlimited, albeit with restrictions, there’s no better time than now to get started. Of course, with these new changes, there are understandably only certain activities you can do, whilst still maintaining social distancing with people outside your household.

So how do you keep fit during lockdown? We’ve compiled a list of ideas and resources to help you and your family exercise during the COVID-19 crisis.

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A contractor’s New Year’s resolutions for 2020

NY resolution

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?

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Do I need a website as a contractor?

Do I need a website

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.

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What to do with an unpaid invoice

What to do if an invoice goes unpaid

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.

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What makes a great contractor CV?

CV

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.

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Where can I get a Website for Free?

Top 10 Free Websites

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).

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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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Contractor Insurance Checklist: Does your policy include Employers’ Liability cover?

Employers' Liability Cover

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.

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