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

Recently, I published an overview of the available help for limited company contractors during COVID-19. Soon after, on Thurs...

COVID-19: Government to help certain public sector contractors

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 to the COVID-19 crisis. ...

Contractors “ignored” in COVID-19 support package

The Government faces a backlash from hundreds of thousands of contractors after it became clear that individuals operating through limited companies do not qualify for the COVID-19 self-employment support package. Having already announ...

What help is there for contractors during COVID-19?

On 20th March, the Government announced a series of measures to help the employed and SMEs through the COVID-19 crisis. Notably, contractors and the self-employed weren't directly included in the most generous and useful measure announced...

COVID-19: Support package promised for self-employed

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has said the Government is working on a COVID-19 support package for the self-employed, with a proposed amendment to the Coronavirus Bill indicating its potential details. After facing crit...

Expert IR35 advice for contractors

As you'll no doubt know by now, in a shock announcement on Tuesday 17th March, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay, announced the private sector IR35 reforms have been delayed until 6th April 2021 du...

Freelancers, discover your WorkStyle

When you work for yourself, it can sometimes feel like you’re working by yourself, and a support network isn’t always easy to come by. But Parasol are here to change that, thanks to our latest publication, WorkStyle.

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More self-assessment tax returns filed than ever

HMRC has revealed that a record-breaking 11.1million taxpayers filed their self-assessment tax return by the 31st January deadline, a figure which the association for the self-employed, IPSE, say is thanks to the UK’s “ever-growing”...

How can contractors win work through LinkedIn?

LinkedIn now has over 660 million members worldwide, yet I still regularly chat with contractors who haven’t embraced it simply “because they don’t like social media.” Before I go any further and outline ways contractors can wi...

What does the election mean for contractors?

Although Brexit is the main focus in this General Election, it should not be the only issue on the table. Behind all the back-and-forth between Leavers and Remainers, there is still a country and an economy to run. There are millions of b...

Are you considering closing your company?

New IR35 rules will be coming to the private sector from April 2020. These changes have already caused considerable disruption to contractors, their accountants, recruitment agencies and hiring companies, with each party spending valuable...

Contractor placements “steady” despite Brexit uncertainty

Despite Brexit uncertainty continuing to impact overall UK business confidence, freelancer and contractor placements rose - albeit very modestly - in September, according to KPMG and REC’s UK Report...

Is the UK shaping up to go freelance in 2020?

A shift in thinking, the financial toll of caring amongst NHS cuts and gradually increasing transportation costs are expected to encourage more of the UK population to go freelance next year, a study has claimed.  The insight, produce...

What should contractors do with their cash surplus?

You have a cash surplus; that’s great news. But what should you do with it? 

Investing your surplus is a good choice, as it can increase the money you make. But there’s a multitude of options as to how ...

Is a self-employed pensions crisis looming?

On Pensions Awareness Day (15th September), IPSE, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, warned that without urgent change, 3.3million solo workers could be left without a pension in the next 10 years.  Th...

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. ...