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From the Perspective of a Contractor – Q&A

Contractors play a very important role within the technology industry, especially within specialist sectors. The demand for contractors within the technology sector can be a good indicator of the health of ...

Retrospective Taxation

I am a professional IT contractor who worked and lived very happily using the ‘prescribed’ and accepted method of operating through a limited company with few breaks from 1987 until 1999. Coinciding with Labour coming into power, IR35 and off-shoring came into existence bot...

The Best Free Apps for Freelancers

Smart phones have become an essential tool in business and they can be particularly useful for freelancers because of the unparalleled level of flexibility and freedom they offer in terms of portability and remote connectivity.There are a staggering 500,000 apps available for...

The Reality of a Virtual Assistant

How much is an hour of your time worth? If you invoice by the hour, you might be tempted to quote your contracted hourly rate in response to that question; if you invoice by the day, you might estimate the number of hours you work and divide your daily rate accordingly, instead. ...

Why Contractors Should Get The Flu Jab


As a contractor, time is money. Literally, if you’re too sick to work, you don’t get paid. It’s as simple as that. And that’s why many contractors should have been disturbed to hear the comments made in January of this year by the chairman of the Royal College of General ...

Free Resources to Boost Your Business

As Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson famously sang back in 1992, “The best things in life are free”. Never has that sentiment been more pertinent than for the present reality of IT contractors and freelancers, when capital expenditure is under increasing pressure and rates ar...

The Bench

As a contractor, it is highly likely that you will find yourself “on the bench” at some point. And it can be a tough time. Trust me, I know from my own experience. The real secret to being “on the bench”, though, is to follow some simple rules to maintain perspective and ...

The Hunt

It’s 7am. I promised myself an early start so I grudgingly slide out of bed, don my faithful – and slightly musty, it has to be said - dressing gown, and pad across the hall in my slippers to the study. The cold glow of the monitor suffices for light as my laptop boots and I ...