Contractors: How to achieve a good work-life balance

Whether you’re a freelancer or a contractor working 9-5, we are all guilty of working late from time to time; often neglecting our life outside of work. It’s essential to create boundaries between your work and your personal life with a healthy work-life balance but sometimes situations arise where it becomes quite easy to overstep…

Contractors should prepare for a spotlight on taxes

This article originally appeared in IPSE Magazine issue 59. IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, is the UK’s largest representative body for the self-employed community, including freelancers, contractors, consultants and independent professionals. We exist to support and enable our members, and the wider population of self-employed, through a range of support services,…

Insider Interview Series: Life as a contractor

Our ‘Insider Interview’ series has been created to provide insight to those who are considering contracting. Our series starts with Nigel, who has been contracting for over nine years. Q&A Why did you choose contracting? I was tired of being an employee and looked forward to the challenge of being able to demonstrate to clients the…

Why 2017 is the prime time to start contracting

A global survey conducted by YouGov recently revealed that in general, 2016 appeared to be a challenging year for the world. 2016 has seen many ups and downs, not only in the self-employment sector but also politically and economically through the EU referendum with the possibility of the UK leaving the single market – creating…

Thinking of applying for a mortgage in 2017? Here’s what you need to know if you’re a contractor.

Many contractors feel that they are at a disadvantage when applying for a mortgage at some high street lenders due to their non-traditional employment status. Capricorn Financial, one of London’s premier brokers, which provides specialist mortgages to contractors, has written valuable advice on this topic below. There are an estimated 1.4 million British ‘contractors’ working…

Self-Assessment Tax Return Deadline 2015/2016

It’s that time of year again where the self-assessment tax return deadline 2015/2016 is almost upon us. We hope that you are keeping up to date with all of your paperwork since it can be all too tempting to switch off before your holidays have even begun. If you are processing your own tax return…