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Exam season has arrived and for many 15-year-old girls, it means feeling the pressure of deciding what career path they want to follow. For many of them though, a career within the construction industry is probably not at their top of the l...

Preparing for Brexit as a contractor

It’s hard to know what impact Brexit will have on the contracting industry. But there are changes to the market that have happened on the back of the referendum result. And experts predict further changes to the contracting landscape. ...

Five Tips: IR35 Private Sector Reform 

The rollout of the IR35 private sector reform has been given the green light to commence in April 2020. The news, announced in July, will see off-payroll rules extended to large and medium-sized businesses in the private sector. So what sho...

Tremors: seismic shifts in contractor borrowing rumble underfoot

The global economic crises, credit crunch and recession(s). Remember those and how banks drew up the drawbridges to mortgages? Well, according to the The Guardian, Britain is facing the highest risk of a recession since the financial cri...

How To Claim Expenses And What You Should Be Claiming For

Your tax return can feel like enough of a burden on your time without the “optional extras” such as deciding which expenses you can claim. I’ve created this article revealing the potential value of your tax return to help sole trad...

How to stop cash flow being a big issue for small businesses

Cash flow is something that we see day in, day out as an issue for small businesses and sole traders. There’s no getting away from the fact that it is a real dampener on your business, if not catastrophic. It needs to be addressed quickl...

How to Get Work as a Contractor

Are you looking for a better quality of contract? Or a higher volume of work? There’s a few things you can do which will maximise your chances of achieving both of these things. Accountants Nixon Williams have gathered some tips you...

Freelancers work for free

Much of the UK’s burgeoning freelance sector is working for free, claims new research revealed today. The study, compiled by freelancer platform YunoJuno, found that over half (55 per cent) of the UK’s self employed freelancers hav...

BUILD Infrastructure Awards 2019

Who are BUILD? BUILD are an online magazine dedicated to providing readers with news and relevant information on the construction and property markets. Released q...

My IP, my IR35 status?

I've been working as a contractor since 1992, providing programming services to startups and blue-chip clients, alike. As such I fix existing, or write new, software for my clients. My "tools" therefore are knowledge based, and my CPD is ...

Why are so many businesses still managing their finances with a spreadsheet?

Self-employment is rising every year in the UK - the latest data shows that the number of people who were self-employed in the first calendar quarter of 2019 (January to March) increased by 90,000 on the quarter to reach a record high of 4....

Contractors Make Stand Against IR35 Ultimatum

What would you do if, as a limited company contractor working outside IR35 in the private sector, next April you were faced with an ultimatum to either become a permanent employee or operate through an umbrella company? After reports t...

3 Ways to Prepare for a MTD VAT Return

Around 1.2 million businesses impacted by Making Tax Digital are soon due to file their first quarterly VAT return. According to HMRC, businesses who plan to pay by direct debit have to register by the 27th July - despite many still fe...

Agency Contract Dispute

I have a contract with a major organisation who has decided to review its contract process and as a result may decide not to use specific agencies going forward, one of which is the agency I am through. The client is threatening to give n...

IR35 Draft Legislation Release

Last week we saw the draft legislation for the off-payroll working rules which are to be extended into the private sector as of 6th April 2020. As expected for the reform in the private sector, the rules mirror those already in force i...

Preparing for IR35 Changes

On 11 July 2019 HMRC published the tax rules that will apply to off-payroll working between contractors and their medium-sized and large organisation clients in the private sector from 6 April 2020. These rules which are often referred to...