Contractor wellbeing series: studies show self-employed have higher job satisfaction

A recent study published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, revealed that self-employed people are much happier and have more job satisfaction than employees. The research carried out by business experts from the Universities of Exeter and Sheffield showed that contractors are more engaged with their projects and find work to be more rewarding…

Contractor wellbeing series: top tips to integrate self-care into life as a contractor

There are big advantages to going self-employed such as having more control over your time and work. But with the fast-paced lifestyle, most of us have today, experiencing stress from time-to-time is a normal part of life. So it doesn’t hurt to incorporate some self-care habits into your day-to-day routine to help you avoid unnecessary…

Contractor wellbeing series: confidence has surged in the sector despite economic uncertainty

The latest Confidence Index from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) and PeoplePerHour has revealed that British contracting professionals show the brightest and most confident outlook on their future since before the Brexit vote. Despite the uncertainty of today’s climate from trepidation for the outcome of Brexit and economic pressures to outstanding…

Contractor wellbeing series: making wellbeing a priority for contractors

The UK’s self-employed population has grown rapidly over the last ten years. According to the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE), almost five million people, equating to fifteen percent of the UK workforce are now self-employed. Thus, as contracting becomes increasingly important to the UK economy, it is vital that individual wellbeing is taken into…

The weird, wonderful and downright bizarre excuses for missed tax return deadlines

During your school days, you likely heard excuses along the lines of ‘the dog ate my homework’ or ‘my printer broke’ from a classmate who was attempting to avoid detention. But did you think the silly excuses ended at childhood? Well, think again. The HMRC recently revealed some peculiar explanations made by taxpayers for why…