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How to find the perfect client in a pandemic

Three ways contractors can land the right client in a ‘new normal’ There is no doubt that the crisis from which we are slowly emerging has been devastating - for the people who were tragically infected by it, and their…

Government told it “must” support 710,000 contractors during COVID-19

Report calls on Government to help limited company contractors The Treasury Select Committee has told the Government that it “must” improve the COVID-19 support available to nearly three-quarters of a million limited company contractors and hundreds of thousands of other…

Contractor hiring falls, but “worst may be behind us” 

Contractor hiring decreases again, but things are "looking up" While COVID-19 saw contractor hiring and permanent placements in May fall at the second sharpest rate on record, experts believe that the "worst may be behind us."  This is the latest…

How to futureproof your freelance business 

Futureproof your business, ready for life after lockdown There’s no denying that the way all of us work has changed drastically in the last few months. And whilst there’s concern among many freelancers and contractors about opportunities drying up due…

Self-employment support extended but contractors ‘forgotten’

SEISS extended, but Chancellor "ignores" contractors  The welcome news that the COVID-19 support for the self-employed has been extended until August doesn’t make up for the fact that hundreds of thousands of freelancers and contractors have been “forgotten", experts say. …

Steep decline in contractor hiring levelling out

Contractor hiring suffering, but decline is "flattening" Coronavirus saw contractor hiring severely impacted in April, with vacancies for professional contract roles falling 44% year-on-year and 41% month-on-month. However, experts say the decline is beginning to flatten, offering some hope for…

Case studies – the best marketing tool for contractors

How to win work through case studies I was sat with our Marketing Manager this week, developing a marketing strategy for targeting organisations that might require our career development and winning-work expertise, and we started putting together a series of…

Three simple ways to upskill remotely

How to improve your skillset during lockdown Whether you’re a freelancer, contractor or independent consultant, expanding your range of skills a surefire way to help give you a competitive edge when looking for new contracts. But needless to say, due…

Bounce Back Loans – a solution for contractors?

Are Bounce Back Loans the support contractors need? The Government's Bounce Back Loan Scheme is now live, taking applications from small business owners who have been looking for a COVID-19 lifeline for over a month. While employees have been assisted through…

How freelancers can utilise free time

What to do with your free time in lockdown The current lockdown has put the brakes on many freelancer's day-to-day activities. But that's not to say if you find yourself with free time, you can't do anything productive. In fact,…

COVID-19 property advice for the self-employed

Coronavirus property advice for solo workers In the UK, 5million workers are self-employed, which is equivalent to 15% of the entire workforce. If you fall into this bracket, you may have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus. While permanent employees…

COVID-19: Minister exploring ways to help contractors 

Small Business Minister assessing ways to support contractors  The Small Business Minister, Paul Scully, has announced that he wants to support the millions of freelancers, contractors and individuals “falling between the cracks” of the Government’s COVID-19 financial help and intends…

Contractor hiring suffers worst month in 11 years

COVID-19 places UK labour market "on pause" The COVID-19 outbreak saw contractor hiring in March fall at its steepest rate since 2009, with the number of individuals placed in permanent positions also impacted dramatically last month. With firms cancelling or postponing…

Tips for working from home successfully

Working from home advice for freelancers and contractors The Coronavirus pandemic has meant a big shift in the way businesses are operating. And though contractors generally have more flexibility about the option to work from home, social distancing has still…

What COVID-19 help is there for the self-employed?

Government unveils COVID-19 self-employment support Recently, I published an overview of the available help for limited company contractors during COVID-19. Soon after, on Thursday 26th March, the Government announced the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), which is designed to protect millions of…

COVID-19: Government to help certain public sector contractors

Public sector contractors to receive COVID-19 help Thousands of public sector contractors engaged across a range of Government departments, executive agencies and non departmental public bodies are set to receive income support should they not be able to work due…