Self Employed

Harsh Realities of Growth in Self-Employment for Britain's Older Workers

Chris Ball | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK
Chris Ball

They are more likely to be following the maxim, "Live longer, work longer," but how much work do they actually do? Being "self-employed" may seem preferable to being "retired" and definitely better than "unemployed," even if many of the self-employed are in tiny jobs, working only a few hours a week. In truth, some may be happy with that, but not all are.

More Of You Are Working For Yourselves, But Still Worse Off

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics

Most of the new jobs created in Britain since the financial crash have involved people becoming self-employed while average income for people working ...

'Worried About Self-Employed Brits? You're Doing Down The Recovery'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics

A Tory business minister has hit out at Labour, trade unions and economists for worrying about the rise of self-employed Britons, accusing them of "do...

An Authentic Life Without Fear

Robert Hutchinson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Hutchinson

It's easier to describe the presence of something than the absence of something but the feeling I had really was an absence; I noticed fear wasn't there. I listened for it, I tried to feel it, I waited for a fleeting thought to come and it simply didn't appear. It was the first time in years I was able to enjoy the moment without those nagging doubts in my head.

Huff Post How To: Make Money On YouTube

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Tech

YouTube has more than 1 billion unique visitors every month, it is, without doubt, the most popular video streaming site on the planet and the great t...

Pay and Self-Employment Crisis Impoverishes as Unemployment Falls

Nick Stephenson | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The rate of unemployment fell from 6.8% to 6.6% in the last three months, leading to government rejoicing. A rise too in the number of people in work - up 345,000 compared to the previous three months - looks good on the face of it...

Self-Employed Struggling On 'Astonishing' Low Pay

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics

Nearly one in seven Britons are now self-employed and earn 40% less than a typical employee, a major new report has found. The Resolution Foundati...

The Battle to Secure Self-Employment Rights Concerns Us All

Mischa Wilmers | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mischa Wilmers

A Mori poll published in April asked 985 self-employed people whether or not they would rather be an employee. A majority of 79% responded that they would rather be self-employed, with only 16% preferring the employee option. The survey also found that the longer workers had been self-employed, the less likely they were to desire a different employment status.

Fake Self-Employment Replaces Real Jobs in Sick UK Economy

Nick Stephenson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

More than half of the new 'jobs' created in the UK economy since 2008 have been in self-employment, and the income they attract has taken a sharp dive.

Escaping Burnout and Embracing the Joy of Missing Out - a Hot New Trend

Maite Baron | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Everything changes at the turn of the year. At least it feels that way having had a needed break from work and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It also offers the chance to consider what the brand new year might bring and contemplate how we are going to make 2014 one of our best years yet.

10 Reasons Why a Social Media Strategy Is the New CV

Maite Baron | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

When we're all so committed to being online, it seems surprising that many professionals and managers, along with those giving careers advice still haven't realised that a professional social media strategy is now a must.

Small Business Saturday UK - Celebrating the Backbone of Our Economy

Maite Baron | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Small Business Saturday UK (7th December 2013), born in the USA as a way to get more consumers to shop within their own communities, has now migrated to this side of The Pond, and with very good reason.

Five Ways to Start a Business and Create Your Own Legacy

Maite Baron | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

moving away from corporate life to start a new venture is a big step to take, but it can be a life-changing leap forward, as those who have done it have found. And by doing the same you will have the opportunity to make your mark on the world in a way that would never be possible if you stay with a corporate organisation.

Don't Die Before Your Time, Say Goodbye to Stress Before it's Too Late

Maite Baron | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

In the biggest survey of its kind in the UK, a YouGov survey for major health insurer Bupa has revealed just how stressed we are here in Britain.

Redundancy - the Silver Lining: New business Opportunities Are Rising

Maite Baron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

The corporate employment landscape just got a whole lot bleaker. Redundancy - the silver lining shows how new business opportunities are rising.

Start Your Business, Seven Steps to Become Ready for Self-employment

Maite Baron | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

By following these 7 steps to become ready for self-employment you could get back in the driver's seat and start your business.

The Future of Work: From Worker-Bee to Entrepreneurial Freedom

Maite Baron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

When it came to jobs, our parents didn't have much choice. Talent was recognised, but being the right person in the right place still meant a lot - though whoever you were, it was mostly a case of filling dead men's shoes... How times change.

Beyond the Fed - From Federal ShutDown to Start Up

Maite Baron | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Politics
Maite Baron

So America has a Federal Shutdown ... at least partially ... paralysed because those supposedly responsible for leading the country have put egos and self-interest before all else. As a result, more than 800,000 federal workers who thought themselves in safe government jobs are kicking their heels at home, waiting to be called back to work, with no certainty they'll be paid for their enforced layoff.

10 Tell Tale Signs You Are Ready to Leave the Rat Race

Maite Baron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Have you had enough of the nine-to-five (or should they call it the seven-to-seven?), the pointless rounds of meetings, and wondering if this is what life's really about? Then here are ten tell-tale signs that it's almost certainly time to make a break.

Six Driving Forces to Zero Hour Contracts

Maite Baron | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Recent news stories about ' Zero Hour Contracts ' demonstrate just how much the world of work is changing, and professionals who think this is a phenomenon confined to the realms of fast food and low cost direct retail, are likely to find themselves overwhelmed by a tsunami of change.

Imagine a World Where Everyone Was Freelance...

Daniel Callaghan | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Daniel Callaghan

Imagine not being sure when you'll next be paid and how much, what company you'll be working for, or even what work you'll be doing. For those who don't mind unpredictability, and who are not up for the monotony of a traditional 9 to 5 working day, that might sound familiar.

The One With All The Work

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

If I don't work I don't get paid and you'd be amazed what a motivational tool that is. In my old job, my motivational tool was a picture of a willie I'd drawn on a post it note, which I used to pass to Ken when she was on the phone to a customer to put her off.

Essential Tools for the Freelance Writer

Daley James Francis | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK
Daley James Francis

Since becoming a full-time self-employed freelance writer four months ago, I've had a baptism of fire of sorts. I've had work rejected, made bad deals, been screwed over by being too naive and trusting and made some bad decisions with clients who have paid peanuts for work that I've since made significantly more money from later down the road.

Charlie Thomas

Are Jobs Stats Masking The Poorly Treated Self-Employed?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK

The government's employment figures, due to be published on Wednesday, have been skewed by a surge in self employment, according to Trade Unions Congr...

Ten Reasons to Give Up Your Job

Hannah Cox | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cox

....and only do what you love. So, what qualifies me to do this? Well I took the plunge to be self employed when I had no money or idea what I was g...