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How to make freelancing work as a parent

It’s ironic that the reason why many women, in particular, choose to go freelance or become a consultant is because they have children. (According to IPSE, the number of new mothers choosing to go freelance work rather than return to…

IR35 Ministry of Justice Exemption

I'm not sure if it is only HMRC that is exempt - I have had a similar experience with being approached for other public sector departments. In this instance it was the Ministry of Justice. This is what was sent…

IR35 HMRC Exemption

Dear Contractor Weekly, while I completely feel that IR35 is a counterproductive policy to help the Conservative Government further turn hard working members of the public into cash cows, I believe that any policy should be applicable to every single…

How to love your boss when you work for yourself!

There’s a misconception that being your own boss is all sunshine and rainbows, that self-employed people sail through the days without having a superior to report to. It’s true that when you work for yourself you don’t have to deal…

HMRC launch cynical PR campaign

HMRC launch cynical PR campaign to cover up Government failure to do a proper impact assessment of the 2019 Loan Charge MPs and journalists have been reporting a sudden “PR offensive” from HMRC following 75 MPs protesting about the Loan…

Contractor group demand suicide helpline

Contractors Group demand HMRC set up a suicide helpline to deal with identified suicide risk from the 2019 Loan Charge A group representing contractors and freelance workers in the UK have taken the unprecedented step of calling on HMRC to…

Not all contractors are created equal

We’re all familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote, ‘all men are created equal’. But how much do we really believe in that? Surely a statement so profound is a little outdated for today’s society, in more ways than one. For…

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 the industry; as investment in innovation continues to increase…

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 the industry; as investment in innovation continues to increase…

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 the industry; as investment in innovation continues to increase…

Retrospective Taxation

Is Retrospective Taxation Fair? 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…

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…

The Reality of a Virtual Assistant

Find The Perfect Freelancers For Your Projects 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…

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…

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…

The Bench

5 Ways to Manage 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…